If you still need to do some holiday shopping, here are a few more tips to keep in mind from the Jackson Sun. These include:
Tips to remember while shopping during the holidays
•Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
•Dress casually and comfortably, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
•Only carry your driver’s license or identification along with necessary cash, checks or a credit card you expect to use.
•Keep cash in your front pocket.
•Use Bluetooth headsets.
In parking lots
•Report suspicious people loitering in parking lots and around entrances.
•Remember where you parked your car. Being unable to locate your car can cause you undue confusion and stress that may present you as a better target to a criminal.
•Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
•Check in and around the car before getting in.
•Be prepared to use emergency button on your key fob.
•After dark, park in well-lit areas.
•Plan ahead. If your shopping is going to continue until after dark, park in an area that will be well lit.
•If you enter a mall through a store, know when that store closes and exit before it locks up to prevent a long, exposed walk to get back to your vehicle.
•Don’t leave purses unattended in shopping carts or wear them slung to the back. Don’t leave children unattended, either
•Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
•If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other. Select a central meeting place.
•Teach them how to recognize mall and store personnel, security employees, and police officers if they need help.
•Notify store employees immediately of a missing child. Most stores have a procedure in place to secure exits and search for the missing child.
To prevent identity theft
•Keep your card in sight.
•Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. This is especially true for debit cards, which draw directly from your account.
•Report theft to police, and contact credit-reporting services like Equifax, Experian or Transunion to put a fraud alert on your account.
•Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers and company contact numbers in a safe place at home.