Gallia County Sheriff Issues Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
The holidays are approaching fast! Most people have or will be starting their holiday shopping anytime now. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Below are shopping safety tips which can help you avoid being a victim of theft:
•Always stay alert to your surroundings!! Do not walk thru a parking lot with your head down or on a cell phone.
•Try to avoid shopping at night whenever possible. If you must go out at night, bring a friend or a family member. If no one is available to go shopping with you, let a family member know where you are going and what time to expect you home.
•Dress casually and comfortable; avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
•Avoid carrying a large amount of cash. Its a good idea to Keep your cash in your front pocket.
•If possible, do not carry a purse or wallet. Carry only your identification card along with necessary cash, checks or credit card you expect to use.
•If possible pay for purchases with a debit or credit card. These transactions are easy to track and you can cancel a stolen card more quickly than recovering stolen cash.
•Immediately notify the credit card company if your credit card was lost or stolen.
•Have your keys ready when you leave the store.
•When possible Park in a well-lit area.
•Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion if danger presents itself.
•Be cautious of strangers approaching you. Many thieves will use different methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money or merchandise.
•Do not leave packages in plain view inside your vehicle. Lock all your merchandise in the trunk of your vehicle.
* Also Be careful to keep an eye on your children. Establish a meeting place and try to keep your children within viewing distance at all times. It’s a sad fact that nationally many children are abducted or abused from public shopping areas.
Please drive carefully and be aware of safety concerns this Thanksgiving & Christmas season.
Gallia County Sheriff
Joseph R. Browning