Don’t let thieves ruin your holiday

Published 9:43 am Saturday, December 21, 2013

In the hustle and bustle of shopping for Christmas, it’s easy for people to forget taking precautions when it comes to personal security. But a theft of cash, identity or, worse still – presents – can dissolve any feelings of goodwill toward one’s fellow man.

To minimize the chances of such heartbreak, we suggest the following tips:

* When possible, shop with someone else as an added bit of security.

* Whether shopping alone or with others, always park in well-lighted and secure lots, especially when going to malls in other cities. Be sure there’s nothing visible in the front or backseats that might tempt thieves. Make sure the doors and trunk are locked.

* Be alert to your surroundings, such as where you parked and who might be around. If you see suspicious behavior or activity, report them to the store, mall security or police.

* Stay vigilant about your purses, wallets and even mobile phones. Don’t leave them open on shelves or even cash-register counters for quick-fingered thieves to grab and run.

* Rather than carrying everything with you at once, consider making periodic trips to your vehicle and promptly securing them in the trunk.

* Have your keys ready to quickly get into the car on departure and immediately lock the doors.