Personal Safety: Holiday Edition

Out of sight, out of mind | If you’re out shopping, be sure to hide your valuables in the trunk or under a seat.

Be aware of your surroundings | Pay attention to who is around you, what they’re doing, and where you’re at. Listen to your gut — if something feels weird, you’re probably right.

Park in a well-lit area | When shopping, park in a well-lit area of the parking lot. This makes it easier to see your surroundings. If possible, shop with another person after dark.

Walk with purpose | When you return to your vehicle, walk with a purpose and pay attention to your surroundings. Keep your keys in your hand and walk confidently. Maintain your awareness when you’re putting away your purchases.

Secure your purse and/or wallet | Keep your purse and/or wallet on you at all times. Purses or wallets that are left unattended in baskets (even if you’re just turning around for a moment) are at risk of being snatched.

Avoid overloading yourself | Avoid carrying too many packages or bags at one time. You want to be able to see clearly and move easily.

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