11 Safety Tips For The Serious Holiday Shopper

There’s 23 days until Christmas! While we all know that Christmas is really about celebrating Christ birth, it’s still nice to give gifts to our loved ones. Many of us will spend the next 23 days shopping and preparing for the holiday season. It’s important to be alert and safe while shopping. Here are some safety tips from

http://www.ou.edu/oupd/holtips.htm Sadly during the holiday season, any people are looking for ways to rob and scan others. This has always been the case but now that the economy is struggling, many people are having a hard time providing for their families and their desperate. I don’t want to cause people to walk in fear but please be aware and safe. Review this tips, pray God’s protection over you and your loved ones and be wise while out and about! Happy shopping and remember it’s better to give then to receive!

11 Shopping safety tips

1. Travel and conduct your business during daylight hours if possible.

2. When driving, keep doors locked and windows rolled up at all times. Maintain at least half a tank of fuel, and keep vehicle in good repair.

3. Keep a first aid kit in the car and know how to access your spare tire and jack.

4. Devote your full time and attention to driving!

5. Plan your shopping/errands so that you don’t load your trunk until you are ready to drive to another destination. Load your trunk when you leave a location – never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away to do more shopping or other errands.

6. When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible. As you approach your vehicle, scan the area, glance underneath the vehicle, and take a quick look inside before entering.

7. While out and about, present an alert appearance. Be aware of your surroundings; scan the area from time to time. Avoid concentrating so hard on shopping that you fail to keep track of your surroundings, others near you, or your personal property.

8. If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. Teach the children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they ever get separated from you in a store/mall, and be sure they know their first and last name so they can tell someone who they are.

9. Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash. Only keep enough cash on your for one day at a time. You don’t need hundreds of dollars in your wallet or purse.

10. If anyone is loitering, or you don’t like their looks, leave the ATM  Angle yourself in a way that those behind you cannot see your PIN as you enter it; your PIN should NEVER be written down on or carried with your ATM card.

11. Be prepared to flee potential problems. If apprehensive about any location for any reason, leave. Consider carrying a whistle. Weapons are not recommended, and may be unlawful. Try not to carry a purse when you have a full day of shopping or wear it in a way that it is secure on your person.