Safe Christmas Shopping tips

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping season is fast approaching, the malls seem to be more crowded than normal, even on weekdays (and our neighbours to the south will be kicking off the season with Black Friday).
Crowded Malls
Here are some tips to help you stay safe and to prevent you becoming a victim of crime this Christmas season:

  • If you use cash, obtain your cash from recognized financial institutions and avoid stand alone bank machines (which can be targets of various skimming devices).  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Know how to recognize legal tender (Canadian and American bills have various counterfeiting prevention features).
  • Keep your wallets and purses safely secured at all times.
  • When using credit and debit cards, always protect you PIN and shield entry (from prying eyes and/or surveillance devices).
  • Do not carry large amounts of gifts.  Secure them in your vehicles trunk and place in your home as soon as possible.  Keep them out of plain sight.
  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area.  Always lock your doors.
  • Above all, be aware and trust your instincts.  Report suspicious people, activity or behaviour to mall security, store owners or workers or the police.

In most cases, crime is preventable, be safe and have a Happy and Safe Christmas Shopping season.

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Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
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Chris:  These are excellent tips and a good reminder that we need to keep alert as we shop during the holiday season.

 

November 24, 2011 09:59 AM
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Fred Carver
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Hi Chris....Great Advice and a timely post for us all as we approach the Christmas Shopping Season.

Merry Christmas-Fred Carver

 

November 24, 2011 11:54 AM
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Kenneth Cole
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Good morning Chris;  I'm like Michael comment #11, wallet in front pocket.  Worked for me all my life.  As for shopping?  My wife takes care of that.

November 25, 2011 07:39 AM
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Nick T Pappas
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Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL

Chris, it's really too bad that we need to keep a list of these precautions, but great idea to post them.

November 25, 2011 04:36 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
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Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374

These are great tips to prevent becoming a victim Chris! I like a fanny pack for that reason...money is close and accessible and stored close to the body.

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