Sunday, November 30, 2014


While keeping belongings safe in your car, keeping yourself safe is also important. As you mingle with the shopping crowds, consider these steps:

·       Be discreet with your valuables. Do not wear expensive jewelry. Women should carry their purses close to their body. Men should consider carrying their wallet in a front pocket and/or wrapping it in a large rubber band so that it will catch in the pocket should a thief try to take it.

·       Ladies, keep your keys in your pocket not your purse. If your purse is stolen, then the thief will not be able to find your home from your driver’s license and enter it with your key.

·       When walking in a crowd, be alert to what is going on around you. Enjoy the day, but look for unusual activity. Protect and conceal your valuables. A thief can easily take your possessions then melt into the crowd.

·       Be discreet when using your cell phone. They can easily be snatched out of your hand. When not in use, carry them in a front or inside pocket of your clothing. Write down the phone’s IMEI number so that if it is stolen, you can report to your carrier as stolen. (For more information go to: Also, use the password protection feature on your phone so that only you can use it.

·       Remember where you parked. That way you can walk like you know where you are going and not wander around looking for it, becoming an easy mark for a potential robber.

·       At an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), choose one that is located inside a mall, grocery store, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Shield the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you so they cannot view your transaction or obtain your PIN. Do not throw your ATM receipt away.

·       Be alert in public restrooms. If anything seems amiss or if a group of people is loitering in the area, leave quickly and find another facility.

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