September 24, 2016
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips (That Everyone Should Know). As you head out to crush Black Friday Sales the experts at MVP recommend:
1. First, shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
2. Park in a well-lit space or close as possible to the building.
3. Never use remote car finders, starters or door openers until you are close enough to get into your car. While convenient, when used these finders also lets the bad guys know where your car is and that you’re coming their way.
4. Have your keys in your hand and ready to use before you exit or enter any building. This way you can get in your car or home fast in an case of an emergency. Keys also can be used as a weapon to defend yourself.
5. Always back your car in when parking (Combat Parking). It makes for a quick escape when in trouble.
6. Avoid overloading yourself with packages. Doing so prevents you from defending yourself if attacked.
7. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.
8. Walk confidently and don’t be afraid to make eye contact with a person you feel uncomfortable with. Attackers prey on those who appear weak and who are not alert.
9. Carry less cash as possible. Pay with a check or credit card when possible.
10. Pay close attention to your surroundings and stay off of your cell-phone until you get into your car or destination safely.
11. If attacked fight back, make much noise, activate the panic button on your car remote and refuse to be taken from one place to another.
12. If a robber just wants your property, give it to them. It’s senseless to die or get injured over material things.
13. Finally, always trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Run as quickly as possible to safety and notify security of law enforcement.Carry the least amount of cash possible.
Thanks for reading Holiday Shopping Safety Tips. I hope that it helps you this helps you this holiday season.
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season
Article written by Melvin E. Key, Sr. CPP – Mr. Key is a the CEO of MVP Protective Services, an expert in retail security services and a retired Washington, DC Police Captain.