Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger.
Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.
Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
Dress casually and comfortably.
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
(Source: L.A.P.D. Crime Prevention Section)
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