Safe Christmas Shopping tips

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage RECO Reg# 4325734

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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Rainer
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Lori Gardiner
GRI, SRS, ABR, e-PRO
RE/MAX River's Edge

Hi Chris,

Great post and tips!  Wish you and your family happy holidays!

November 23, 2011 08:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hello Chris --- a good list and a very timely reminder.  It might be good to travel in pairs too....safety in numbers.   

November 23, 2011 08:35 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Thank You Lori, Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and if you go shopping Black Friday, shop safe.

November 23, 2011 08:44 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Michael, thank you for the added tip. Happy Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 08:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Captain Wayne Rowlett
Florida Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School LLC

Good Morning Chris, thank you for the holiday shopping tips.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 09:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate
Ask Gina & Company with Keller Williams Realty Loudoun Gateway

Great list of tips! Mall security will often accompany you to your car if you feel uncomfortable, people just have to ask!

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2011 09:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

Chris you couldn't have posted this at a better time! Sometimes with the gift shopping cruising through our brains we get a little sloppy with our normal cautious behaviour.  Just last week a co-worker found a lady going through his car for loose change because they had neglected to lock the doors when leaving!

November 23, 2011 09:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Captain Wayne, hope you and yours have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 03:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Gina, I am a strong proponent of listening to that voice inside of you... If you feel uncomfortable, be careful, ask for help

November 23, 2011 03:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Al and Peggy, most of my posts are common knowledge that we sometimes need to be reminded of...

November 23, 2011 03:43 PM
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Michael Thornton
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Good evening, Chris. All very good points. I always keep my wallet in my front pocket. Hard to pick...

November 23, 2011 06:22 PM
Rainer
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Carl Winters

 Chris: These are some very good safety tips for folks shopping.  Now we have to worry about someone being able to get your credit card information when your card is being swiped or in your wallet. I think cash is the way to go.

November 23, 2011 07:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers
Selling Durango CO homes to good people like you!
The Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Southwest Associates

Excellent tips!  Most are common sense, but that seems to be lacking today.  Thanks for the reminders.

 

November 24, 2011 09:26 AM
Rainer
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Brett Reichel
MLO 210215
Pacific Residential Mtg., LLC - NMLS 1477 / WA CL-1477

Great advice - thanks for the timely reminders!

November 24, 2011 09:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Chuck Carstensen
Minnesota Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Results

Very good and timely tips. Worthy of several reblogs and you will get one from me on this!

November 24, 2011 09:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055

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
Rainmaker
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Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC
Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate

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
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -

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
Rainmaker
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Nick T Pappas
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
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
Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
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.

November 28, 2011 05:37 PM
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