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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips from Manhattan Beach Police

Here are some tips to help you stay safe when out and about this holiday season.

Remain aware of your surroundings and don't load yourself up with too many packages and bags when holiday shopping.
Remain aware of your surroundings and don't load yourself up with too many packages and bags when holiday shopping.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department offers the following holiday shopping and safety information for when you're out and about:

  • Thieves are looking for an easy target in parking lots of malls, banks and shopping centers. Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to activity around you.
  • Lock your vehicle at all times. This includes when you are going in for “just a minute.”
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle. If you must leave packages in your car, put them in the trunk. Keep receipts with you.
  • Whenever possible, park and walk in well-lit areas.
  • Carry your purse close and tight to your body. Never leave your purse in a shopping cart unattended. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Consider taking only what you need – ID and the credit or debit cards you intend to use.
  • Notify your credit card provider immediately if your credit card has been lost, stolen or misused.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • When arriving home and unloading your purchases, make sure you secure your vehicle when unattended. Opportunists may be passing by and help themselves to your items.

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