Keep Yourself Safe While Holiday Shopping

As we approach one of the biggest shopping days of the year, it is always a good time to remind people to be safe during the holiday season. You should keep in mind the following holiday safety tips while out and about:
  • Carry your valuables wisely. Do not keep cash in your wallet. Instead, keep it in an inside pocket and only carry the credit cards you'll need.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. If you must leave packages in your car, put them in the trunk. Keep receipts with you.
  • Carry a cell phone with you. If someone makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, notify security or call the police.
  • Whenever possible, park and walk in well-lit areas. Be aware of your surroundings, especially the people around you.
  • Carry your purse close to you, with the opening or flap towards your body. Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart.
  • Do not keep a wallet, credit cards or cash in a backpack. If you are in a crowd, consider carrying the backpack in front of you. Pickpockets can quickly and easily remove items from a backpack without being noticed by the owner.
  • Protect your credit card numbers and other personal information. Carefully dispose of receipts that have a credit card number on them. Never provide credit card information in response to unsolicited calls or emails.
To report suspicious activity, please call 919-996-3335. For emergencies, call 911.

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