According to Crime-Stoppers identity theft and robberies are two of the most common crimes during the holiday season. With the hustle and bustle the holidays bring, people are often tired, distracted, short on time, and overloaded with bags. It can be easy to become a target during this time.
Be aware of your surroundings, pay attention to what is going on around you. When paying for merchandise or getting cash from an ATM, be aware of people standing to close, shield your PIN number, don’t lay your card down where it can be forgotten or photographed, always take your receipt and do not leave the machine until you are sure your information is cleared. If getting cash back discretely put it away.
While shopping, keep your personal items safe, purses on your body, wallets in a safe pocket. Don’t leave packages unattended in your cart, your car or on your porch at home.
Criminals are looking for easy marks, people who are unaware, distracted, overwhelmed or careless. Most criminals do not want to stand out, they watch and wait for packages that can be easily taken or items that are forgotten. Don’t let yourself be an easy target – stay aware.