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Shopping Security Tips

  • Shop before dark if possible. Possibly coordinate shopping trips with a friend. Never park in an unlit lot or area, no matter how convenient it is. When going to your car, have your keys out and ready.
  • Lock your packages in your vehicle's trunk. Keep your vehicle's doors locked and windows closed. You may have to cover valuables with a blanket to keep them out of sight.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or debit card when possible.
  • To discourage purse-snatchers, don't overburden yourself with packages. Have your purchases delivered whenever practical.
  • Be extra careful with your purse and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a trouser pocket. Be alert to strangers loitering or hiding in parking lots.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never be left in a vehicle alone or allowed to go into a parking lot alone.
  • When driving, always wear your seatbelt and have your children in car seats, booster seats and seat belts.