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Friday, December 5, 2014

Officer Erik’s professional holiday victim check list.

You may be a professional victim if you:
Leave your car unlocked. Even if it’s in your driveway.
Carry every credit card known to man when you shop.   
At night, park in an unlit area of the mall and walk to your car by yourself.
Walk to your car with ear buds in and music blaring.
Leave packages in your car where they can be seen.
Put packages in the trunk and don’t lock the car 
Leave your purse and keys in an unlocked car. Even if it’s in your driveway.
Leave your home unlocked at any time. 
Leave your garage door open and the access door to you home unlocked.
Use your credit card on an unsecured web site.
Things you can do to protect yourself.
Carry a purse with zipable compartments and zip them.
Use a purse that has a long strap and put it over your arm and head.  
If someone bumps into you immediately check your purse.
Carry your keys in your pocket. If you purse is snatched they won’t be able to drive away in your car and be in and out of your house before you get there.
Don’t leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.
If you must put your purse in the cart, loop the child safety strap through the handles.  Makes it harder to grab and run.
Don’t be afraid to ask store security to walk you to your car. Don’t ask them to help carry your packages.

If you feel uneasy, there is a reason.  Listen to your inner warning system.

Yes I write thrillers and see bad guys everywhere, but these are common sense tips. Be safe out there.



Shirley Wells said...

Great advice, Rita. I see bad guys everywhere too and I try to remember all those things. Stay safe, everyone!

Anne Marie Becker said...

Fabulous tips, Rita! Being the suspicious sort, I'm pretty good at those. I'm extra-observant in parking lots. One time, my mother-in-law's purse was stolen out of her cart while she was loading groceries into her trunk. Unfortunately, we live in a world where it pays to be suspicious.

jean harrington said...

Actually I passed your test, Rita, and it was a good one! Still we always need a reminder.

Rita said...

I think because we are in the mystery suspense and thriller business we are aware. I am constantly amazed at women in stores and parking lots.

Marcelle Dubé said...

Good reminders, Rita. Thanks!

Cathy Perkins said...

Such good points Rita!

Kathy Ivan said...

Very helpful insights. I try to always do these things, but being reminded especially this time of year is a good thing. Great post!

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