Top 10 Holiday Shopping Safety Tips [Time Sensitive-Holidays]

Blog-Top-10-Holiday-Shopping-Safety-Tips-[Time-Sensitive-Holidays]Holiday Shopping Safety

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to get too distracted to practice everyday safety measures. But it’s so important to do everything you can to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings safe from harm. Here are our Top 10 Holiday Shopping Safety Tips.

  1. Be wary of strangers approaching you for no apparent reason. Thieves sometimes work in teams — one distracts you while the other steals your purse or packages.
  2. Ensure kids know what to do if they get separated from you, which includes knowing how to identify mall security guards. Never allow kids to visit the restroom alone or to make their own way back to the car.
  3. Have your keys out and ready before going to your car. Always look around the car and into your backseat before getting in. Never put your purse on the hood of the car while you load the car.
  4. Never leave your car running, no matter how short a stop is. Always roll up the car windows, lock the doors, and set your alarm.
  5. Shop with a buddy whenever possible. If you have to shop alone, try to walk close to a group or stay in sight of a large crowd.
  6. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when walking to and from your car. Avoid texting or overloading yourself with bags so that you will not be distracted.
  7. Take small valuable items in with you at your next stop. Hide larger presents and bags under seats or in the trunk.
  8. The holidays are prime time for pickpockets and purse snatchers. Women should wear a cross-body purse. Men should put their wallets in a front pocket or an inside coat pocket (preferably one that zips or buttons).
  9. Try to shop only in the daytime if possible. If it’s dark, park in areas of the lot that are well-lit. Never park in an isolated area of the lot, whether it’s day or night.
  10. Watch out for distracted shoppers backing out of parking spaces whether you are driving or walking. Same goes for looking out for pedestrians — especially over-excited, darting children — when backing out of a spce or driving around looking for one.