You Need A Personal Safety Plan for
Safety Tips From NCPC Make Holiday
Shopping Go Smoothly.
Arlington, VA –The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), home of McGruff the Crime Dog, says
you need a personal safety and security plan to keep criminals at bay and you
from seeing red.
This year many shoppers will be out early to find those big bargains on Black
Friday or online for Cyber Monday, but the criminals will be out too. NCPC has great tips to help you shop safely
while getting those great holiday bargains throughout the shopping season.
Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by
taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your
packages to the car.
Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a
company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds
too good to be true, it usually is.
Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations
from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all
receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements
as they come in.
Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise,
such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online
stores and auction sites.
Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or
checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your
Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body
or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an
unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case
you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they
can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
There is safety in numbers. Thieves are less likely to
target a group of shoppers. When a person decides to shop on Black Friday
alone, the risk of being targeted is more likely. Try shopping with a friend or
family member. Not only are they there to keep you company but also they can
keep you safe.
your vehicle in well-lighted areas. If you are an early morning,
before-the-sunrise’s Black Friday shopper, be sure to park your vehicle
underneath a light post. Avoid parking next to vans and large trucks that block
your space from the general vision of others. Remember to lock your doors while
waiting for a store to open. If possible, walk to your car and to the store
with a partner, and remember to always have your keys in hand when approaching
leave tempting items visible in your vehicle. Nothing gets a thief going like
bags that are clearly visible. Conceal your merchandise at all times. Put all
of your items in the trunk or underneath the seats where they are out of sight.
If possible, take your bags directly home instead of leaving them in the car.
be aware of your surroundings. Keeping yourself safe means being aware of your
surroundings at all time. Beware of strangers who may approach you. This is the
time of year when thieves and scammers are in full force and use various
methods to distract you with intentions of taking your money and belongings.
Watch for loiterers, and alert security if you see any suspicious activity.
The staff here at NCPC, wishes you
and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving!