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Holiday shopping can be a fun and exciting time, but it's important to take steps to ensure your safety while out and about. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert and pay attention to what's going on around you. Avoid using your phone or other electronic devices while walking, and stay in well-lit and well-populated areas.
Keep your personal belongings close to you. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and only take the credit or debit cards you plan to use. Keep your purse or bag close to your body and zipped or snapped shut.
Don't leave your belongings in your car. It's best to avoid leaving any valuables in your car, especially in plain sight. If you must leave something in your car, lock it in the trunk out of sight.
Be cautious when using ATMs. Choose ATMs that are located in well-lit and well-populated areas, and be aware of your surroundings while using them. Avoid using ATMs that appear to be tampered with or that are in isolated areas.
Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it's best to trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation. If you see something suspicious, report it to store employees or local authorities.
By following these tips and staying alert, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday shopping experience.
Stephen Carter is a FREA volunteer, a former Chief of Police, and founder of Stress Solutions, LLC and now Stress Solutions, USA. He hosts a variety of podcasts, available at https://www.StressReliefRadio.com. Note: This post was written with assistance from the Open AI project.