25 Days of Safety -- Day 5
|Date:||December 5, 2011|
Today's Tip -- Shopping
¨ You shouldn't carry all of your money, your credit cards and your identification in one place. Split up your money and your credit cards, keep your ID separate too. Keep one form of identification at home, this way you will not spend Holiday time at the DMV while trying to replace your license.
¨ If you do lose your credit or bank cards, program the “1-800” numbers into your cell phone and report them immediately. If you wait until you get home, the spending damage may already be done.
¨ You do not have to shop with someone to be safe, just be aware of your surroundings. When you return to your vehicle, scan to see if you have unwarranted damage, or if a large all-panel van is parked next to you. If something does not feel right, then go back inside of the store and either make a phone call or ask for the store security to escort you back out to your vehicle.
¨ Park closest to the front entrance as possible and walk on the outside of the vehicles. If you walk between the vehicles, you create an opportunity for someone to attack you without being seen.
¨ Have your keys accessible and have the ability to use them. If you have your arms full of packages, because you chose to not use a shopping cart, how will you be able to enter your vehicle or your house in an emergency.
¨ Avoid talking or texting while walking, either in a group or alone. A distraction is a distraction is a distraction, whether you are driving or walking. Talking while on the cell phone also gives a false sense of security, unless you are giving exact coordinates, the other person will not be able to help you or the police if your whereabouts are needed.