The Christmas holiday season is not joyful for many people because they were robbed while shopping and did not discover the violation until they reached the cash register and realized that their wallet was missing. Here are some safety tips to follow to lessen the chance of anything ruining the Christmas shopping experience.
Thieves rely on the trust that good people place in others. Some people go Christmas shopping and get very intrigued by items on the lower shelf. A person might never think that an older woman would steal something from them when their eyes are diverted for just a moment, but this type of theft occurs more often than people realize it does. Thieves can take on any type of personality and have any type of body style.
Many shoppers are robbed while they are walking and will often leave the mall thinking that all is well. Thieves practice their craft throughout the year and have become very good at performing slight of hand motions that could fool the best pit bosses at casinos throughout the world. While Christmas shopping in large crowds, it is best to keep personal items in front of the body and never let those items out of sight. Thieves only need a moment to perform a rip-off and then they can meld into the crowd to find another person that will fall victim to their dishonest tactics.
While Christmas shopping it is quite possible that there will be many charities collecting donations throughout busy shopping areas of the city. While Christmas is a season for caring and sharing, there are some people who operate fictitious charities and the only person that benefits from the money is the thief. City Governments will usually issue a license for this type of charity and it is always a good idea to check the license to make sure it is authentic and current.
While retailers throughout the city will place the security of all shopper's high on their list of responsibilities, it is often impossible to keep people secure in areas of the store that are blocked from public view. Christmas shoppers should ask a friend to hold on to their handbags while using restroom facilities, and the friend can do the same when they come out. This also lessens the chance that the handbag is left in a stall where the contents will be susceptible to anyone that enters after them.
During the holiday's, many shopping malls will hire additional security staff. The mall security force may have certain areas where they are prohibited from patrolling. One of these areas is the parking lots where vendors have established their own retail sites. Many retailers will be selling oversized objects that block shoppers from view and increase the chance for robberies.
When shopping at parking lot retailers, it is always a good idea to lock valuable in the trunk and retrieve them when ready to pay for the items that are selected. Keep in mind though, that the security forces will be out in force in the parking lot areas and a loud shout could help put a thief in jail where they deserve to spend the holidays.