Our friends at the Downtown Partnership have complied 9 tips to follow to be a little more safe while trying to spread a little holiday cheer. Read them below:
• Use credit cards whenever possible. Keep the amount of cash you carry to a minimum.
• Be careful how you handle your money. Never flash or count your money on the street or in public. If you know you will need money for public transportation, carry that amount in your pocket.
• Men should not carry their wallets in their back pockets. Place your wallet on your inside coat pocket or your front pants pocket. If you must carry your wallet in your back pocket, put several rubber-bands around the wallet to prevent it from coming out of the pocket easily.
• Store your packages in the trunk of your car, out of sight.
• Never leave packages or your handbag unattended for even a short amount of time.
• Nothing you own is as valuable as your life or good health. If someone tries to grab your handbag or packages, let them go.
• Don’t buy more than you can easily carry. If you struggle to carry all your packages, you are an easy mark for a thief.
• Be aware of people who bump into you in stores, on the street, or on the bus. They may be trying to pick your pocket.
• Be aware of who is around you when you use an ATM machine. Be careful not to reveal your pin number and don’t walk away from the machine counting your money.