Stay safe while holiday shopping | Crime
While many families are busy trying to get everything in order before the holidays, thieves and other criminals are on the prowl, looking for unsuspecting victims.
The Norman Police Department has created a list of tips that will help you and yours stay safe while completing that holiday to-do list.
- Shop during daylight hours. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or a family member.
- Dress casually and comfortably.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. If you do carry a wallet or purse, be extra careful as they are prime targets for criminals in crowded shopping areas.
- Carry your driver's license along with necessary cash, checks and a credit card that you expect to use. However, do not keep any extra cards or cash on hand if you do not plan to use it.
- Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If you do carry cash, keep it in your front pocket.
- Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
- Notify the credit card company and the police immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.
- Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
- Remain alert to strangers approaching you for any reason. Con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money.
- Lock your car doors and do not leave packages visible. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to break into an automobile and steal your property.
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