Tip of the Week – December 7, 2016 – Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

We’re all guilty of it!  When a store clerk asks us for our phone number to verify membership and reward status, we blurt out our 10-digit number.  The clerk then responds with our first and last name to verify.  The person behind you now has your name and phone number, and if you’re standing with your driver’s license or credit card in hand, the over-the-shoulder snoop has a wealth of your, otherwise, private information.   Be extra careful when you’re out holiday shopping.  Have your membership card handy, preventing the need to recite your phone number aloud, or write it down.

Other ways to stay safe while out holiday shopping?

  • Keep your purse or wallet close to your body.
  • Secure credit and debit cards in your wallet before walking away from cashier.
  • Seek out a mall or security escort to your vehicle.
  • Never leave items in your car in plain view.
  • If you are taking items to your car and returning to the store or mall for more shopping, move your car to a different parking space, so that anyone watching you, thinks you have left.
  • Park your vehicle in an area that is lighted well and is not isolated.
  • Have your keys out and ready to unlock your vehicle as you leave the store.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, texting or talking on the phone can be a distraction.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season and the spirit of giving,” said CSLEA Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman.  “This can be a season of distractions and that can put your safety and or your purchases at risk.  Slowing it down a little bit and taking a little extra precaution can go a long way in keeping you safe. “