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Posted on Sat, Dec 12, 2009
Tips for Staying Safe
The holiday shopping season is here and millions of people will be heading to the nation's shopping malls focused on finding the perfect gifts, but crime isn't taking a holiday. Police departments across the country report increased calls during the holiday season when shoppers tend to think less about holiday shopping mall safety and more about buying presents.
Shopping mall safety is especially important this holiday season when malls are more vunerable to crime. Please remember, it's never possible to completely eliminate the risk of crime, but being aware of your surroundings and choosing to shop at malls that take security serously are two important things you can do to help protect yourself and family against crime while shopping this season.
Follow these tips to help make holiday shopping safer for you and your family:
Being estra vigilant this holiday season may help keep you from becoming a victim of crime. Always trust your instincts and report any and all suspicious actviity to mall security officers or the local police.
- Park in a well-lit area as close to your destination as possible. Parking lots and structures are typically the most dangerous places at the mall. I you are shopping alone and feel uncomfortable walking to your car at night, ask mall security for an escort. Consider valet parking during the holiday season when malls offer free or reduced prices for valet parking. Look for security cameras and try to park near them. Also, opt for walkways leading to malls and parking lots that have security cameras installed.
- Choose to do your holiday shopping at malls that take security serious. Shopping destinations with regular security partols and visible surveillance cameras provide and added layer of security and a deterrent to criminals.
- Avoid using restrooms that are tucked away in a back area of a mall or store department.. If you can, find a restroom near the mall's food court or other well trafficked areas and always accompany your child.
- Don't overload yourself with packages. Thieves are always on the lookout for people who might be distracted. Keep track of your packages and try to stay off your cell phone. Hold your purse close to your body or use a front pocket if carrying a wallet.
- Always know where the closet exits are located. In case of a fire or other emergency, make sure you can find the nearest exits and remember to avoid using elevators in an emergency.
- Take extra care when returning to your car. If you notice anyone suspicious in the parking area you can use your keys as a weapon. If needed, you can also use your car's alarm system by pushing the panic button on your alarm remote control or horn to draw attention.
Two things have to come together in order for a crime to be committed, desire and opportunity. We know there is always someone out there with desire, we have to minimize the oppotunities.
So please, following these safety tips while doing your holiday shopping.
Wishing you and your loved ones a . . . . . .
Merry Christmas filled with Joy, Peace and Love!