Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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    • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.


    • Dress casually and comfortably.


    • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.


    • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.


    • Always carry your Florida Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.


    • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.


    • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.


    • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.


    • Keep cash in your front pocket.


    • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.


    • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.


    • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.


    • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid.


  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

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