8 Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But for thieves, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of people who are in the midsts of the hustle and bustle of the season and fall victims to their schemes. As you prepare your list of perfect gifts, here are some safety tips to keep in mind when shopping online or going to department stores.

  1. Shop on trusted websites

Shopping online is convenient. However, make sure to use reputable sites and keep records of all transactions. Beware of bogus e-commerce websites. These sites are created by fraudsters to obtain credit card information.

  1. Protect your packages

Have your items delivered to a safe location where thieves can’t have access to your packages. If possible, have them shipped to your workplace.

  1. Shopping at the store

Going to the store seems more secure but remember to keep your sensitive information, such as your driver’s license, debit and credit cards, and cash, where thieves can’t get access. Instead of placing your wallet in your back pocket, place it in the front pocket. Avoid carrying a purse since thieves are looking for a quick getaway. If carrying a purse, try using a crossover and keep it in front of you. Never leave your purse unattended!

  1. Shop during the day

Try shopping during the day, but if you shop at night, consider taking a friend with you.  Remember there’s safety in numbers.

  1. Avoid wearing flashy jewelry

It’s a sign to criminals that you’re a valuable target.

  1. Keep a record

Keep a record of all your credit cards numbers and company’s phone numbers in a safe place at home. If you find your credit or debit card is missing, call the card company right away.

  1. Don’t overload

Avoid overloading yourself or car with packages. Professional thieves know during this time of year many people leave their packages inside the cars while they shop for more.

  1. Stay alert

Be aware of your surroundings and don’t get distracted.  Con-artists may try to distract you with the intentions of taking your belonging or money.