City of Menlo Park, CA

12/04/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/02/2023 18:13

Shop smart, stay safe: Tips for holiday shopping security

Shop smart, stay safe: Tips for holiday shopping security

Published on December 04, 2023

As the streets and malls bustle with festive shoppers, it is crucial to prioritize your safety. By following these tips and staying alert, you can ensure that your holiday shopping experience is not only joyful but also secure.

  • Daylight shopping: Whenever possible, opt for daytime shopping. Daylight hours offer better visibility and reduce the likelihood of falling victim to certain crimes. If you must shop at night, choose well-lit areas and parking spaces.
  • Park strategically: Park your vehicle in a well-lit, high-visibility area. Remember where you parked, and avoid leaving valuable items in plain sight inside your car. Lock your vehicle securely and be aware of your surroundings as you approach it.
  • Stay alert: While shopping, stay vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid becoming distracted on your phone. Criminals often target distracted individuals, so keep your attention on your surroundings.
  • Secure your belongings: Keep your belongings secure at all times, especially when loading your car. Use crossbody bags or backpacks that are harder for pickpockets to snatch. Be cautious of your wallet and phone, especially in crowded spaces.
  • Avoid shopping alone: Whenever possible, shop with a friend. There is safety in numbers and having company can deter potential threats. Law enforcement agencies are working tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and your cooperation plays a crucial role in maintaining a secure shopping environment for all.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!