The year has finally come to an end and now you are looking forward to a well-deserved break and some family time in the last few weeks of 2018. While this should be the time of the year to shut off and relax, it’s actually the time to be extra vigilant.
We’ve featured blogs covering the topic of safety during this time of the year before, but we’ve never really talked about staying safe while out shopping. In the coming weeks, many of us will be hitting the malls and shopping centres, grateful to be able to spoil friends and family this season with gifts. But while you are buried in lists and Christmas wrapping paper, your guard is probably down, making you the perfect target for all kinds of chance takers.
Advice for staying safe
From the parking lot through the shops and back, this list is one to keep in mind when you head out there.
- Most of us have remote controlled locking systems. And most of us simply press the key and head to the shops assuming the car is locked. Don’t assume. Check it. Car jamming devices are used in a lot of busy car parking lots, especially during the holidays.
- It’s quite likely that you will be visiting a mall to do your shopping. They are a convenient option but they do pose their own problems, especially when you are shopping with your children. When you enter a shop, take note of where the guards are and point them out to your children. If your child gets lost they can always seek out a guard.
- If you have a bag with you, keep it zipped up and locked. When the shops are packed and everybody is just about on top of one another, you won’t even notice a hand slipping into your bag and stealing your wallet or phone.
- Don’t use the public Wi-Fi. All kinds of people can be found in shopping centres at this time of year and should you be automatically accessing Wi-Fi, you could end up giving away vital information and end up having your information stolen.
- Try to stick to using your debit card instead of paying with cash. You’ll probably be paying out quite a bit and walking around with a stack of notes in your pocket is not wise.
- Always look around you while shopping. Your gut instinct is powerful and should you feel it tugging at you, go along with it. Don’t shop with your head down, look at the people. When criminals realise that you could recognise their faces, they might be less likely to attempt something.
Christmas is a wonderful time, but in our country, it sadly means that you have to stay alert at all times, whether it is at home during loadshedding or out there at the shops.
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