2017-12-06 / News

Be safe when shopping

The holiday season is upon us and shoppers are crowding stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals.

But shoppers should not be neglecting their safety.

“This time of year attracts more shoppingrelated criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours. These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders,” said Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones.

Jones reminds Person Country residents to follow these safety tips:

Shopping Sa fety

•A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.

•Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a welllit area.

•Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet. Store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.

•Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

•If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.

Credi t Card Fraud

•Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it back as quickly as possible.

•Never write your PIN number on your credit card.

•Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.

•Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on a mobile telephone or other camera.

•Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.

•Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.

•If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your credit card information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You can tell if the web page is secure by looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom of your browser window.

•If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them your information over the telephone. Never send your credit card information by email.

•Check the company out. Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and telephone number.

•Keep good records. Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.

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