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Posted on: November 23, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The Frederick Police Department wants all residents to be safe during this holiday shopping season. By following a few simple safety tips you will reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a crime.

• Leave your purse at home, if possible. You will eliminate the possibility of leaving your purse behind or having it stolen. Place credit cards, driver’s license, money, and keys in your pockets.
• If you must take a purse, don’t leave it in a shopping cart or dangle it from your shoulder. Instead, keep your purse tucked tightly under your arm. Take out all non-essential items and leave them at home.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Make purchases using a debit or credit card, if possible.
• Keep a record of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home and report lost, stolen or misused credit cards immediately.
• Wear comfortable clothing and sensible shoes. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
• Park in a well lighted area and make sure your car is locked and all valuables (GPS, electronics, CD’s, etc) are out of sight!
• When returning to your vehicle, have your car keys in your hand and be aware of your surroundings. Walk with others whenever possible.
• Don’t hesitate to ask for a security escort if you feel unsafe.
• Don’t overburden yourself with shopping bags. Make frequent trips to the car to place the items in your trunk. If you do not have a trunk, carry a blanket with you and cover the items so they are out of sight.
• If you have small children shopping with you have a plan in place in case you get separated. Also, go over with them what to do if a stranger approaches them.

In addition to these holiday shopping tips, police are asking motorists to abide by the following driving safety tips:

• Use caution in shopping center parking lots and be aware of increased pedestrian traffic.
• With the time change it is getting dark earlier. Motorists should ensure their vehicle headlights are fully illuminated and working properly to increase visibility.
• During periods of inclement weather and precipitation, motorists are required by law to use their headlights when windshield wipers are being operated.
• Recognize that traffic volume will be heavy during the holiday shopping season so exercise patience while traveling and allow additional time to arrive at your destination.

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