It may be the silly season – but don’t get caught out
It’s that time of the year again when you’re making a list and checking it twice… and so are the thieves who find rich pickings during the festive season.
No one wants to be a victim of crime – so here’s some tips to keep your property safe and keep the festive mood high this season;
- Try to avoid carrying large amounts of cash – use credit and debit cards that can be cancelled and replaced if stolen.
- When out shopping keep an eye on your wallet/purse/handbag and hide any valuables you have on you; don’t leave valuables unattended in shopping trolleys – crowds make stealing less noticeable.
- Put your purchases in generic shopping bags– if there’s no logo on the bag announcing its contents it’s less of a target.
- Take care in shopping centre car parks – valuables, especially handbags left in trolleys, are easy pickings while your back is turned putting your shopping in your car.
- If you notice any suspicious behaviour in shopping centres or stores, alert security/staff - you might just save someone from becoming a victim of crime.
- If shopping at night park in well-lit and populated areas.
- Keep presents out of sight in cars – always lock your car, and put the windows up and take the keys with you!
- Don’t leave your wallet,/purse or mobile on the car seat even if you are just leaving it for a minute, thieves can take items in seconds.
- Avoid leaving the car unlocked when you are taking items inside; don’t leave valuables in your car overnight.
- If you are expecting parcels to be delivered, arrange for delivery when you know someone will be home and tell the sender not to leave items on the doorstep.
- Don’t put the boxes the goods came in in the bin without tearing them up –thieves will know you’ve just purchased that 55” TV.
- If you’re shopping online, check the security and legitimacy of the websites., PayPal is a secure way to pay with guaranteed refunds up to $20,000* if you’re a victim of a scam.
- You should never send cash or gift vouchers in Christmas cards - it’s an easy pay day for thieves.
- Don’t display your presents under the tree near windows/doors where passers-by can see.
- Don’t brag online about all the brand new goods you’ve just purchased - you don’t know who could be reading your status.
- Mark all valuables, including electronic equipment, jewellery, power tools and bicycles, with identification and record details (serial numbers/photographs/receipts) for your insurance.
- If that ‘bargain’ you saw seemed too good to be true, it probably was. Do your research on sellers and websites - don’t buy crime.
It’s the season for giving, but no one wants to give a thief an easy ride. Make sure all your insurances are up to date with detailed recordings of all new valuables updated regularly; this will help protect you if the worst should happen.
Keep these tips in mind and enjoy your festive season safely with family and friends.
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