Tips on How to Keep From Being a Crime Victim This Holiday Season
This time of year it seems we are always hustling from one place to another. Even with the popularity of online shopping (Thank You Amazon!), we all need to be prepared when we are out in public places.
The following tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Don’t look like an easy target
- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion if you are approached.
- Have a phone but don’t be on your phone
- Park where it is well lit
- Trust your instincts
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you, including working in teams, with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
- Try to shop during the day, but if you do shop at night, do not do it alone.
- Dress casually and comfortably.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Consider bringing a security travel pouch instead. If you MUST carry a wallet or purse make sure it is kept safely on your person at all times and closed.
- Always carry your driver’s license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
- Keep cash in your front pocket.
- If you discover that a credit card is missing, notify the credit card company as soon as possible. Don’t assume that you misplaced it and will find it later.
- Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
To learn more about defending yourself and staying safe this holiday season, check out this recent story WGXA did featuring our school: Defending Yourself Against Criminals This Holiday Season