Black Friday | Protect Yourself
Black Friday is just days away, and we know most of you will be up and out in the wee hours of the day to snag the best deals. Shopping this time of year can be dangerous (and not just for your pocketbook), so prepare yourself to be aware and alert.
- Park in a well-lit area, and do your best to avoid shopping alone early in the morning or late at night. Light is a criminal’s enemy so use that to your advantage.
- Don’t leave expensive items in your car. Professional thieves are on high alert in the coming weeks. If you must leave purchases in your car, always use your trunk or make sure they’re under seats. These thieves are looking for easy targets.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Ask mall security to escort you to your car if it’s late and you’re alone.
- Locate your car keys before leaving the building and walking to your car. Also, avoid talking on your cell. You may think you’re safer that way, but it’s actually a sign that you’re distracted.
- Avoid overloading yourself with bags. You need to be responsible for your own person, and if you’re drowning in bags, you’re an easy target.
- If you take your children with you, teach them what to do should you become separated. Every family should have a plan.
- Beware of anyone approaching you in the parking lot for any reason. Con-artists will try anything to distract you with the intention of taking your belongings.
- Avoid parking next to large vans or cars with highly tinted windows.
The best thing you can do is to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Your eyes and ears are your best friends. Wishing you a safe and successful Black Friday adventure!