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Posted on: December 3, 2019

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Holiday Opportunities – If You’re a Thief!

  • Store parking lots are full – find the cars that have shopping bags left in plain view and unlocked doors.
  • Shoppers are engrossed in finding the right gift – Pick their pockets, or better yet, casually take a purse or wallet left in a shopping cart when the owner isn’t looking.
  • Customers are forced to park a long distance from the store entrance – Snatch purses or shopping bags from unsuspecting shoppers as they walk through the lot.  
  • Shoppers carry large amounts of cash – A dark parking lot is a perfect place for a robbery. 
  • Shoppers carry multiple credit cards – Steal them (see methods above), and use immediately running up large charges at near-by stores.

How to Take Away Holiday Theft Opportunities:

  • Put shopping bags in the trunk of your car or other location out of view.
  • Keep purses and wallets on your person and with a hand or arm touching it at all times. 
  • Park as close to the store as possible and in a well-lit area; have your car’s key fob in your hand and ready to press the alarm button. 
  • Make eye contact with people as you walk buy, let them know you’re aware.
  • Take one major credit card, keep it safely with you, and limit the amount of cash you carry.  Be prepared to cancel a card if given notice that unauthorized charges have been made.   

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