Safety Tips for Shopping on Black Friday (Day after Thanksgiving)
Shopping on Black Friday (Day after Thanksgiving)
The turkey and all the fixings will be on the table soon! Many of us will be heading to the mall (Andrew will be heading to the golf course). Parking lot robberies, abductions, pickpockets and vehicle theft will be on the rise. We here at SAFE are excited for the holidays too and we want you and your families to be safe this holiday season, physically, emotionally and financially. So, we’ve put together our Holiday Safety Tips Newsletters. Look for one every two weeks until the end of the year. We hope these safety tips will help keep you and your family safe during this most joyous season!
Safety in Parking Lots
* Thieves will be watching to see what you lock in your trunk. Move your vehicle to the other side of the mall after your put packages in your trunk.
* Do not park next to vans, trucks, campers or cars with tinted windows you cannot see into.
* Do not park next to shrubs or walls where someone could hide.
* Never leave anything of value visible in your car. This includes briefcases, GPS systems, phones, iPods and packages.
* Always park in a well-lit area, even it it’s light outside when you get there. It may be dark when you leave. And take notice of where you parked.
* Try to never walk alone. Be alert and aware of everything going on around you.
* Always have your keys ready in your hand before you leave a store and try not to shop until the store closes when there are fewer people around.
Safety at Malls and Stores
* Stay alert to your surroundings and never shop alone. Take a friend!
* Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
* Carry only your driver’s license, a small amount of personal checks and only the necessary credit and debit cards.
* If you must carry a purse, carry it tightly under your arm.
* When walking in a parking lot, carry your purse on the side closest to parked cars, not traffic.
* Carry your wallet in a front pocket, not in a a back pocket.
* Always have your hand on your wallet when it’s out. Never leave it laying on a counter.
* Watch purchases while eating in mall food courts. Also, put high dollar shopping bags into plain, non descriptive bags.
Safety at ATMs
* It’s best to use ATMs inside buildings.
* If you must use an outside ATM…
Only use well-lit locations, free of shrubbery and partitions or dividers. Avoid ATMs that are located at a corner of a building. Use an ATM located near the center of a building.
* Avoid drive-through ATMs. You can easily be blocked in.
* Always pay close attention to the ATM and to anyone around.
* Memorize your PIN.
* After using ATMs, closely monitor your bank statements and balances. Watch for undocumented withdraws or transactions. If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately to your bank.
Safety on the Road
* Pack your patience! Holiday traffic can be stressful.
* Wearing a seatbelt and ensuring all passengers are also wearing safety belts is the easiest and best way to prevent injury in a motor vehicle collision.
* Children under the age of 12 years old should be placed in the back seat on trips.
* Infants and small children should always be in approved, size appropriate child car restraint systems.
* Keep all car doors locked and windows closed when in or out of the car.
* Be sure your car is in top condition and carry a vehicle safety kit.
* Keep your cell phone charged at all times.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of food, family, friends and fun. Remember to always, “Just be safe!”
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