Planning For A Safe Holiday Season
The Christmas holiday season will soon be upon us. We at the 805 Emporium would love to have you do all your holiday shopping with us, but we know that just isn’t possible. We would like to do is call to your attention some things you can do to make the holiday season safer and more enjoyable for you and your family. Unfortunately, the holidays are not only a time to be joyous, but they are also the season to become a victim. The 805 Emporium staff would like to share a few thoughts related to us from a retired crime prevention officer come that can make the holidays happier and safer for you and your families.
Not all gifts for the holidays can be bought at the 805 Emporium and the shopping malls will beckon. When you go to a mall during the Christmas season, if the mall provides a parking valet – use it. Don’t walk across a crowded parking lot with arms full of bags and packages in an attempt to save a couple dollars. Let the valet go into the parking lot and bring your car curbside. You can then load the car with your purchases right in front of the door to the mall. The few extra dollars you spend paying for parking and tipping the valet will pay bigger dividends for the holidays and your family than life insurance or medical insurance policies.
If the mall doesn’t have a valet available and you must walk across the parking lot; shop with a companion so you are not alone when walking to your car. If no one is available to shop with you and you must walk alone, keep your cell phone in your coat pocket preset to 911 so it is easily accessible if you need the police. If your car has an alarm system, keep the keys in your hand so you can press the alarm button and immediately sound your car alarm if approached by a suspicious person. Also, walk with the points of your car keys protruding between your fingers. If attacked you can use these to scratch, poke, and yes, even stab the attacker about the face.
Once you are done shopping and are in your automobile, make sure you immediately lock your doors for the ride home. From a well lighted part of the mall, use your cell phone to call home so family members know you are done shopping, on your way home, and when they can expect you to arrive.
If you need cash from an ATM, do not go alone – even if it is a drive up ATM. Have your passenger keep surveying the area to make sure you are not being approached by someone intent on robbing you. If a person does approach you, leave the area immediately. If you have an automobile alarm system, hit that red button and sound the alarm to scare the intruder away as well as attract the attention of people passing.
When shopping, make sure you get your receipts and your credit cards back after making each purchase. Keep track of purchases and check them against your incoming bills to make sure no one has obtained your credit card number and made purchases against your account. Identity theft is on the rise.
If we at the 805 Emporium can help you shop, relieve your holiday shopping stress, or make shopping a little more enjoyable during the holiday season – explore the rest of our website – 805emporium.com or feel free to contact us!
Here’s hoping you have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.