Holiday Safety & Security
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It was sung more than 50 years ago and it’s still a Christmas classic. The warmth, fellowship, and compassion that is shown this time of year towards everyone, mostly, is truly wonderful.
But there are innumerable hooligans, miscreants, and ner’do wells out there that wish to rob you of your holiday warm and fuzzy feelings. So in an effort to try and help you to avoid those criminals, here is a list of tips that may help you avoid them,
You must be aware of whom and what is around you at all times. This sounds simple enough but during the holidays it really isn’t. And the first unusual thing you’ll read here is that it really helps you to be a tad bit paranoid and watchful of everything and everyone around you, literally, and not just the special sales and gifts for Mom.
While not being pessimistic and suspicious of people, you definitely need to take care and be wary of potential scammers and those following you. Those stalking you may want to take advantage of you and you not being aware– in more than a few ways.
Carry only 1 credit/debit card and NEVER flash a wad of cash. Criminals, if they are stalking you, will watch how you pay for your purchases. If they spot numerous credit/debit cards or a huge wad of cash in your wallet makes you an obvious and easily spotted target. And if you’re not aware of that person constantly following you around the store or mall…
Know where you are, also at all times. This goes along with the first tip. You must be constantly aware of where you are and how you got there. Wandering mindlessly around the mall, like you’re in a daze – which is common during the Christmas season, you may forget or overlook some little issue that may become a bigger problem when you try to leave with that special gift for that beautiful significant other or child of yours.
Carry your wallet in your front pocket. This is weird tip #2 but stop and think for a moment. Which pocket is closer and harder to get into, your rear or front pocket? If you carry your wallet in your front pocket, and that includes you too ladies, then it is less likely to be a target of a pick-pocket!
You never want to make yourself an easy target. Therefore make those pick-pockets find an easier person to ‘pick’ on! And ladies, if you’re not wearing pants with pockets, place your purse around your neck and shoulder and wear it on your chest.
Make frequent trips to your car. This goes along with the last tip. If you plan on ‘shopping til you drop’ then make sure that you don’t drop from being robbed! Make a purchase or two and take it to the car. Then go back to the next store or bargain special.
This will allow you to keep your hands free and you are able to pull out your keys quickly.
Never ever, carry so many packages that you can’t see well or your hands can’t move freely. If your hands are full and you can’t reach your keys easily or you can’t see what is ahead of you clearly, you make a very easy and inviting target to a criminal. Whether they assault you while you’re moving towards your car or after you’ve reached it and have to put your packages down doesn’t matter. As with #1 above. ALWAYS be aware of what’s going on around you.
Another lil tip that may help at Christmas and other shopping outings. Keep your key between your fingers. It makes a wonderful weapon to slash a criminal who tries to accost you. And it also helps you to save time in unlocking the car.
This was a much abbreviated blog for your safety and security while shopping. I certainly hope that the Christmas and holiday season will be wonderful. And I ask of you, those who celebrate, please remember the reason for the season. If someone is rude and surly to you, remember that that they may have had someone be rude and surly to them earlier (even if they just started). A smile and few kind words may go a long way in the warmth and fellowship of the season.
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