As the holiday season gets in to full swing there are some who will look to take advantage of the season. Before venturing out to the stores please read our tips to help ensure your holiday shopping experience is a fun and safe one!
-If visiting multiple stores, store your bags in the trunk of your car. If you must store them in the passenger compartment, make every effort to keep them out of sight.
-Be aware of loiterers near your vehicle. If you have any question, return to the store and ask to be escorted
-Park your vehicle in a well-lit area that is well traveled by fellow-shoppers.
-Consider using a credit card and not a debit card when you shop online. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if your credit card is used fraudulently.
-Just carry the amount of cash you expect to use when out shopping, thieves are on the look-out for people holding large amounts of money.
Unfortunately, Holidays are also high season for Scam Artists, especially Confidence Artists. A confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence by exploiting characteristics of the human psyche. Consumers are typically in a generous mood, and often distracted. Be weary of strangers approaching you asking for something that may ordinarily raise suspicions. A favorite holiday scam involves someone approaching you in a parking lot with a gas can looking to “borrow” some money for gas. Security is better equipped to handle stranded motorists.
Cut up product boxes in to small pieces that fit in to trash or recycling bins. There is no need to advertise all the cool gifts that are now in your home to everyone that passes.