Safety Tips for Shopping

Keeping You and Your Belongings Safe

Are you looking for fun new shopping places but wondering how to stay safe?

Finding the balance between exploring and staying safe can be challenging, especially if you’re new to an area. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips that you can use to ensure your safety when heading out on your next shopping adventure.

If you have questions or want more information, reach out to us through one of our social media channels, by sending us a message, or calling our Community Preservation Unit at (209)831-6550.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When shopping, it is crucial to be aware of your surroundings. This means being aware of the people and things happening around you. If you see something suspicious, report it to the store staff or security.

Shop With A Friend

Whenever possible, shop with a friend or family member. There is safety in numbers, and having someone with you can help deter criminals from targeting you.

Additionally, if something does happen, there will be someone there who can help or call for help on your behalf.

Don’t Leave Your Belongings Unguarded

Another way to stay safe while shopping is to keep your belongings in check. This includes always keeping your purse or wallet with you and not leaving your bags or packages unattended.

If you must leave your belongings somewhere, keep them in a secure location such as a locked locker or car. Even if that means making an extra trip to your vehicle.

Be Cautious When Using ATMs

ATMs are a convenient way to get cash while shopping, but you should be cautious when using them. Make sure to cover your hand when entering your PIN and only use ATMs in well-lit and well-populated areas. Avoid using ATMs that look like they have been tampered with.

Use a Credit or Debit Card Instead of Cash When Possible

Paying with a credit or debit card instead of cash can reduce the risk of losing money if your wallet is lost or stolen.

Additionally, many credit cards offer purchase protection, which means you can get reimbursed for any lost or stolen items within a specific time after purchase.

For an added level of protection, contactless payments such as Apple Wallet, Google Pay, and similar services remove the need to physically use your credit or debit card when making a purchase.

If You Do Carry Cash, Don’t Carry Too Much

It’s always best to carry only the cash you need when shopping. If your wallet or purse is lost or stolen, you will keep all your money. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep smaller bills on hand for making purchases so that you don’t have to pull out all of your cash every time you buy something.

Keep Your Phone Charged

Our phones are one of our most valuable possessions in today’s world. They can communicate with others and call for help in an emergency. For this reason, keeping your phone charged when you are out shopping is essential.

This way, you can always call for help if needed.

Park in a Well-Lit Area

This will help deter criminals from targeting your vehicle, as they will be more likely to be seen. Additionally, it will be easier for you to see potential threats and take action to avoid them.

Have Your Keys Ready

Another way to stay safe while out shopping is to have your keys ready before leaving your car, house, or shopping center. This way, you can quickly get inside if you feel you are being followed or something doesn’t feel right.

It is essential to ensure you do not leave your keys in plain sight in your car, as this can give thieves easy access to your vehicle and home.

Avoid Going Out at Night

One of the best ways to stay safe while shopping is to avoid going out at night.
This is because fewer people are around, making it easier for criminals to target you.

There are fewer people, and it’s easier for criminals to target victims in the dark.

Additionally, fewer people are around to witness a crime or come to your aid if you are attacked. If you must go out at night, try to shop with a friend or family member.

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