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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS
Shopping in Stores
• 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.
• 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 account information.

Walking to and From Your Car
• Deter pickpockets- Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
• Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
• Do not place packages in your car/trunk and return to the mall or store. Criminals will watch for people to do this and
take advantage of the items left in the vehicle

Shopping with Small Children
• If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
-Select a central meeting place.
-Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
Shopping Online
• before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer
should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.
• Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your
password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this
manner.
• Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
• Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the
URL address.
• Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or
unfamiliar company.
• After making online purchases, have a plan on how you will secure them when they get delivered to your house. Ask a
trusted neighbor who is frequently home to pick up packages or plan to be home when they get delivered.

Disposing of Packaging
• When disposing of packaging, insure that boxes and bags are completely inside of the recycling/trash bin. Thieves are
looking for TV boxes, home improvement store bags, and other items. Do not advertise that you have newly purchased,
high-value items in your home

HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS