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Are You and Your Car Ready For The Shopping Season?

Though we love the holiday season, it a time to heighten your awareness of safety. Here are a few tips we found, courtesy of the LAPD, about keeping yourself and your vehicle safe during the holiday shopping season:

Driving

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.

  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.

  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.

  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.

  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

  • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.

  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Shopping

  • 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 California 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, transportation terminals, 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 mishaps.

  • 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.

Children

  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.

  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.

  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.

  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.

  • Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.

  • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

Hosting a Party

  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.

  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.

  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

Attending a Party

  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.

  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.

  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.

  • Know your safe limit.

  • Never drink and drive.

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