It is important that we keep safe during our holiday shopping routines because it is this time that criminals take advantage of cash-rich shoppers (Photo credit: geeksugar.com)

With the coming holiday season many of us would be especially preoccupied with shopping and more often than not we would frequent jam-packed shopping places to hit the bargains and met our self-imposed deadline to shop for goods.

It is during this time of the year that shopping can present a unique danger as criminals tend to take advantage of cash-rich shoppers.  And because of the busy and euphoric mood of the season, people tend to be careless and susceptible to theft and other holiday crime.

So how do we keep safe during the manic holidays?  Safety and crime prevention experts present the following tips for a worry free, joyous and secured holidays:

  • Dress simply and comfortably
  • Refrain from wearing jewelry
  • If, possible never carry a purse or wallet.
  • Shopping during daylight hours is advisable. If you must shop at night, let a friend or family member accompany you.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things.
  • Always carry your driver’s license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Put cash in your front pocket.
  • if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused, notify the credit card issuer immediately
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • When carrying a wallet or purse, be extra careful.  They are hot item to criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages: it is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Avoid strangers approaching you for any reason. During this time of  the year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.