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HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS

 

Before shopping:

 

  • 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 shopping areas.

  • 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.

While shopping: 

  • 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 loose pocket.

  • 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.

After Shopping:

  • 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 victim.

  • Visually check the back seat of your vehicle before opening the door and getting in. Lock your doors immediately after entering the vehicle.

  • If 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 turned.

  • 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.