HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
Remember that many of
the shopping areas in and around the Lufkin area can
be quite busy and congested. Allow yourself extra
time to get into and out of them. If you can, try to
plan shopping trips with family and friends, to
reduce the amount of vehicle traffic coming into
DO NOT leave your
purse or other items of value in plain view inside
your vehicle. Lock your vehicle, and place items out
of sight or take items with you, even if you are
only leaving your car for a few minutes.
Shop in and around
areas that are familiar to you.
Avoid shopping alone
- shop with a friends or family.
- DO NOT leave your purse unattended in your
shopping cart. Hold onto it or carry only what you will need and
secure your purse in the trunk of your vehicle.
Shop during the daytime, when possible.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Wear your purse strapped
across your body. Don't carry your wallet in a loose jacket or
- Whenever possible, use credit cards or checks
instead of cash. When using credit cards, make sure that only
one credit slip is printed with your charge card. Also, be sure
to tear up any carbons that may be used to complete the
transaction. Credit card fraud can ruin your holiday season.
When using public washrooms, use extreme caution--try to avoid
putting your purse on hooks, door handles or the floor.
While shopping, if you need to store purchases in your vehicle,
if possible lock them in your trunk. However, if they must be
left in the vehicle, attempt to put them in a non-visible place
or cover them from easily being viewed.
Remain alert in parking lots; don't carry so many packages that
you aren't aware of your surroundings and personal safety.
Walk confidently, with your head up, and stay in well-lighted
and well-traveled areas. Pay attention to people walking in
front of and behind you.
Scan the area surrounding your vehicle both when you park and
when you return to your vehicle.
Have your vehicle key in hand and ready when walking to your
car. The few moments you save may keep you from becoming a crime
Visually check the back seat of your vehicle before opening the
door and getting in. Lock your doors immediately after entering
the store has security, ask someone to escort you to your
vehicle if it is later at night or you notice suspicious persons
loitering in the parking lot near your vehicle.
When loading your purchases into your vehicle, place your purse
in the vehicle first, so it's not in the cart while your back is
When loading your vehicle do not place things on top of your
vehicle. Many times people forget them and drive off.
Immediately report suspicious persons and activities to police
or store security personnel.