Here are some tips for keeping safer when you are out doing the big Chrstmas shopping expedition – visit for a host of more information (From Robin Sutton)
|Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
|Keep valuables in the inside pockets of clothing or bags.
|Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
|Park in an open, well-lit area. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk to find accredited car parks.
|Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
|Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.
|Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don’t overburden yourself with bags/packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
|Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children, in case you get separated.
|Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you’ve got bags or presents in the car.