Holidays are prime opportunities for thieves to strike. People are busy, distracted and often carry large amounts of cash or expensive gifts. With holiday parties, get-togethers and seasonal travel on the rise, many leave their homes unattended for hours or even days at a time, and they may not find out they’ve been victimized until it’s too late. For safe holiday shopping in Lubbock, TX this season, make it your goal to practice situational awareness.
Brick and mortar stores
Much holiday shopping still takes place in shopping centers and strip malls. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Prepare for the trip: You don’t want to be juggling your packages, coat, purse and/or wallet when you’re trying to get to and from the store. We suggest leaving your coat behind, if you can, and always having your keys within easy reach. Teach your children that, if they should get lost, to approach a store employee or security guard for help. Have them memorize their address and your phone number.
- Avoid distractions: Texting or talking on the phone is the biggest distraction you can engage in while holiday shopping. Thieves prey upon people who are not paying attention, taking them by surprise and making off with purses, wallets or even the phone they’re using.
- Choose a good parking space: Always try to park in a well-lit area, preferably in a busy lot with security available. Beware of anyone approaching you, as the holidays are also prime time for scammers.
- Don’t get weighed down: If you’re on a marathon shopping spree, deposit your packages in your car as soon as you accumulate a few bags. Try to pack them in your trunk, or put them on the floor with a blanket over the top so the items aren’t visible.
Online shopping also poses risks during the holidays. Be sure that you’re shopping at a legitimate store with the lock icon in the browser—that indicates that it’s a secure shopping site that will not steal your personal information.
You should also beware of phishing scams. You might get an email that appears to be from a company, but it sends you to a slightly different URL and asks for your credit card information. If in doubt, call or email customer service.
Finally, monitor your purchases and watch your credit card statement closely. The earlier you catch unauthorized use, the easier it will be to take appropriate action and lessen the potential damage.
By keeping these simple precautions in mind and putting them into practice, you can ensure you enjoy safe holiday shopping in Lubbock, TX this season.
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