This is time of the year that everyone is out shopping! People are shopping to prepare for upcoming holiday parties, buying Christmas gifts, and gathering supplies for their New Year’s Eve parties. This is also a dangerous time of year as far as your personal safety is concerned.
Here Are Some Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
While shopping, try not to leave any packages or valuables where they can be seen from outside of your car.
Have your keys in your hand before leaving a store or building and be aware of your surroundings when walking to or from your vehicle.
If you stop at an ATM, shield your pin from any strangers around you. And only use well-lit and populated ATM’s. Also don’t throw away your A.T.M. receipts near the ATM, even if there seems to be a convenient trash bin near by.
While shopping, avoid walking around with lots of packages. Always, always, always be aware of strangers approaching you, no matter where you are; in a store, in a parking lot, at the gas station, or at the local convenience store.
Keep your children safe by teaching younger kids their full name, address, phone number. Teach them that if they become separated from you, they should approach a store clerk for help immediately. Do not let your kids take unaccompanied trips to restrooms or even to a different department of the same store.
Keep your home safe by always locking your doors, windows, and garage. If traveling, have a long-time trusted neighbor or family member check in on your home. When away, the cost of leaving a few lights on to make the home seem occupied is money well spent.
DO NOT post on social media sites that you are going out of town. Or even that you will be driving to Grandma’s house. Post that information once you get back home.
Lastly, be aware of strangers at your door. Con artists can easily dress up like couriers delivering packages or act as if they are collecting donations for a charity. Always ask for an I.D. from strangers at your door, BEFORE you open the door.