Holiday Safe Shopping Tips

Holiday Safe Shopping Tips – Here is a brief guide to safe shopping this holiday season. We also include a few links with a wealth of resourceful information.

For those of you out and about, shopping this weekend and through the rest of the month, remember to shop safely!

Holiday Safe Shopping Tips

  1. Don’t leave valuables inside your vehicle & LOCK YOUR DOORS.
  2. Keep valuables and gifts OUT OF PUBLIC SIGHT (home and vehicle).
  3. If it’s TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, that’s because IT IS.
  4. DO NOT LEAVE PACKAGES OUTSIDE your door. Ask a friend or neighbor to hold it until you arrive to retrieve it.
  5. Avoid shopping alone, if able, and REMAIN AWARE of your surroundings.

For a complete guide to shopping safety this holiday season, checked out this resource from LAPD: LAPD – Holiday Safety Tips.

And, for those of you shopping online, remember these online shopping tips:

  1. Shop from SECURE and known websites ONLY.
  2. It’s best to use a credit card NOT attached to your bank account.
  3. Provided the most LIMITED AMOUNT OF INFO necessary while shopping.
  4. MONITOR YOUR CREDIT more closely this holiday season.
  5. Shop from secure networks (home wifi, cellular service internet, etc.). It’s best to avoid using public wifi services, THEY ARE NOT SECURE.
  6. Use strong and different passwords for the varying sites you shop at.
  7. If it’s too good to be true, IT’S A SCAM and you could lose a lot. AVOID IT.

PLEASE see these great online shopping resources, too.
PCWorld – 12 Tips for Safer Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shopping
Mashable – Online Shopping Safety
USA Today – 8 Tips how to stay cyber Safe while Shopping

From all of us here at Aransas Pass PD, Happy Holidays AP!