As you digest your Thanksgiving feast and brave the early morning bargain shopping hours this Friday, it is important to be safe while out shopping.
Before you head out:
- If you plan to use cash, withdraw money from the ATM a day or so before Friday.
- If you plan to use a credit or debit card, select them ahead of time and leave the rest at home.
- If you will be shopping with children, have a plan in place in case of separation. Teach children how to ask a security guard or store employee for help if lost.
While you’re shopping:
- Shop in a group or with at least one other person for an extra set of eyes.
- When the cashier asks if you would like the receipt with you or in the bag, always take it with you. This way, if your bags are stolen, the thief cannot return the items for cash.
- Park in well-lit areas. Make a mental note of where you parked or take a photo of a nearby post.
- Don’t leave shopping bags or valuables in your car where they can be seen, put them in your trunk or under seats so they are out of sight.
- Always lock your car doors.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep your purse close to the front of your body or your wallet in an inside coat pocket.
- Don’t take your money out until it is time to pay.
- Have your keys out and in your hand before exiting the store and as you walk back to your car.
- Save your receipts and closely monitor bank and credit card activity for any unauthorized charges.
If you are a victim of or witness to a burglary or robbery, contact the police immediately by dialing 911.
We wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping day!