The following tips can help you to stay safe this holiday season on your shopping adventures:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Lock the doors to your vehicle and hide all shopping bags and valuable items.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash.
  • Pay with a credit card, not debit card, whenever possible.
  • Monitor all credit and debit card activity.
  • Save all your receipts and online confirmations to verify purchases.
  • Keep a careful eye on your purse and/or wallet. Use a zipper purse and keep it closed while shopping.
  • Have a plan in place if you get separated from your children.
  • Use secure websites when making online purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock or “https” in the URL address on the top of your browser.
  • Watch out for online scams from unknown websites and merchants. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.