Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
Shop before dark and with a friend.
Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk if they
get separated from you, and to NEVER leave the store/mall if
they become separated from you. Children should never be
permitted to go to the parking lot by themselves or stay in the
Stay alert and be aware of what’s happening around you.
Be aware of con games this time of the year – People wanting
to share “found” money, selling merchandise out of their
Avoid carrying large sums of money. Only carry money/credit
cards that you will need during your shopping trip. Carry your
money/credit cards in separate pockets.
If you carry a purse, keep it on the shoulder that faces the
stores, keeping one hand on your purse if possible. This
prevents someone from running up beside you and snatching your
purse. Do not wear your purse across your chest, serious injury
can occur if someone tries to snatch your purse.
When using public washrooms and store dressing rooms, try to
avoid putting your purse on hooks, the floor or door handles.
While shopping, do not leave purses and wallets in the grocery
cart or shopping basket.
Condense your shopping bags into bags from less expensive
Limit the number of purchases at one time, take packages to
your vehicle and put them out of sight, preferably inside your
trunk. Then, MOVE YOUR VEHICLE before returning to the
store/mall to continue shopping. As far as a thief is concerned,
you have left the area.