• The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is offering shoppers the following tips to shop safely this holiday season:

    (1) have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in;
    (2) park in well-lit areas and as close to the store as possible;
    (3) do not purchase more than you can safely carry;
    (4) take a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car. Ask security to walk you to your car if you feel threatened;
    (5) wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to "shoulder surf" to get your account information;
    (6) do not leave packages visible in your car windows;
    (7) deter pickpockets. Keep your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket;
    (8) tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package;
    (9) if you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated; and
    (10) always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Do not blindly walk in public areas focused on your phone
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