Defense Against Crime

25/11/2009

Holiday Shopping Tips

Filed under: Crime Prevention — peppereyes @ 4:12 PM
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We all know that Thanksgiving is the official start of the Holiday season. Shoppers will plunge into the bargain cornucopia quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice. They will not be alone. Shopping during the holiday season can present unique dangers. Taking a few preventative measures can help keep your holiday season safe joyous.

On the news last night was the story of a lady who had her purse stolen just as she was coming out of the shopping mall after doing some Christmas shopping for her family.  A few days ago a woman parked her car to drop something in the Post Office and leaving her child in the back seat of her car. By the time she got back, the child was gone.  In some small town, a man is going around stealing mail from mailboxes and using victim’s checking account information to purchase expensive presents such as laptop computers, GPS systems. These are just some of the stories we hear about during the holiday shopping season. There are thousands more we never hear about and they almost never get solved or reported.

Did you also know that robbery and assault also go up at this time of year. Why? In part because people, women in particular, make it so easy; they are easy targets.

Imagine this! A middle age lady comes out of the mall on the way to her car on the far side of the parking lot that isn’t well lit. She is carrying bags in one hand and has the talking on the cell phone with the other. She has one small child with her that she’s trying to keep an eye on.  What’s wrong with this picture? Does she have any distractions???

She is a prime target for the bad guys who sneak up behind her and rip her purse away.

Make your holidays memorable for the right reasons and not because you got assaulted and robbed in a parking lot.

During the hustle and bustle and crows of the holiday season, busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crimes. The following tips from the Law enforcement agencies can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

 

  • Shop during daylight hours – whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • KEEP YOUR PURSE-tucked secure under your arm. The best way is to wear it across you body like a satchel. Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Dress casually and comfortably don’t attract attention with expensive clothes or jewelry.
  • Always carry your Driver’s License or Identification Card along with necessary small amounts of cash, checks and/or a debit card you expect to use (Remember using Credit cards are an open invitation for the Ghosts of Christmas Past to haunt you next year)
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep your cash in your front pocket.
  • If you notice your cards missing, try to back track to where you last used them. If you can’t find them notify the credit card issuer immediately to report a lost, stolen or misused card. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • HAVE YOUR KEYS– out and ready. Car Keys can double as a protective weapon as well
  • USE REFLECTIONS-from your car windows to help heighten awareness.
  • STAY FOCUSED-stay off your cell phone. The criminals feast on women who are
    distracted.
    Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. A woman’s sixth sense is always her best friend.
  • NEVER GO ALONE-to your car. Go with others even if you have to ask for an escort. Don’t let pride get in the way. Better safe than dead.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • ALWAYS CARRY-some self defense products like stun guns, pepper sprays and personal alarms if possible.

We are offering deeply discounted products this holiday season, along with FREE Shipping.

PepperEyes.com reminds you :If you want to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and property arm yourself with our products and the knowledge about the best way to stay safe in an ever increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. Adivision of OKE

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2 Comments

  1. Great advice, what about also the personal alarm which emits a scream when activated.

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    Comment by Personal Alarm — 26/11/2009 @ 4:11 AM

  2. […] my last article I said gave tips for the Christmas shoppers. In this article, I’m going to cover keeping your gifts and personal property safe.  Lot of us […]

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