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The Shopper’s Self-Defense Guide to Safety

The Shopper’s Self Defense Guide

Holiday shopping can be a thrill. In a good way and even in a bad way.  Adding a little self-defense mentality can go a long way.

 

Self Awareness

You have society on your side. Potential criminals (for the most part) won’t just obnoxiously run up to you in front of a crowd and take your things.  These criminals are looking for an opportune situation so stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you. As long as you are aware of your surroundings, you can prevent yourself from ever falling into one of these situations.

Don’t count cash in public.  Better yet, don’t even carry large amounts of cash.  Try to pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.

The ultimate holiday shopping self defense tip is to simply be aware. Be aware of where a potential pick pocket is, and what a potential pick pocket is looking for.

 

The Pick Pocket

Pickpockets thrive on holiday shopping.  There are crowds of people, loaded with cash and jewelry who know nothing about practical self defense.

  • Pickpockets are looking for crowds. Pay attention when in a crowd. Don’t forget where all your belongings are.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages.
  • Keep your wallet in your front pants pocket or an inside coat pocket.
  • Don’t let your purse hang behind you. Everything valuable should be positioned up front where your eyes and hands can follow them at all times.
  • Wear simple, comfortable, and non-flowing clothing.
  • Avoid dark places.

The biggest aspect of holiday shopping self-defense is being prepared. Pay attention and stay safe.

 

Dealing With Your Car

Another holiday shopping hotspot for thieves is your vehicle.

  • Pay attention to where you parked. Don’t park in a dark corner. Park where it’s bright. Even if this means you have to park further away, putting yourself in a favorable position is the centerpiece of holiday shopping self -defense.
  • Always lock your vehicle, keep windows closed and store all items out of sight. Breaking into an empty car isn’t worth a thief’s time.
  • Pay attention when you finish shopping. The walk back to you car is the most dangerous.  Criminals know that you are finished shopping and might be exhausted. Have your keys ready in hand, and don’t waste any time.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, get to your car fast, get in and leave.  Don’t sit in your car.  That’s a bad idea on a regular day and even worse during the holidays.
  • If you are worried about your situation, then don’t be scared to ask a security guard to escort you.