Shopping Safety

Shop before dark especially if shopping at large malls with underground parking lots.

Coordinate shopping trips with a friend.

Never park in an unlit lot or area, no matter how convenient it is.

Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk. If you have deposited several packages in your trunk and intend to return to the mall, consider moving your vehicle to another area of the parking lot in case a criminal is watching.

Keep you vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.

To discourage purse-snatchers, limit the number of packages you carry. Have your purchases delivered whenever practical.

Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.

Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. Children should never go into a parking lot alone.