Cambridge Police Share Holiday Shopping Tips


12/2/2010

With the holiday shopping season now in full effect, the Cambridge Police Department would like to share some basic tips about shopping mall safety, car safety, ATM safety, and credit card safety to help protect shoppers and their belongings this season.
 
For those venturing out to shopping malls or stores to buy gifts, try to park in a well lit area or by a light pole.  This extra lighting will make it easier for you to detect a suspicious person standing around your motor vehicle.  If you get an uneasy feeling about someone standing by your vehicle, go back to the mall and alert security about the suspicious person. 
 
Remember to never leave valuables exposed in your car.  After you have been holiday shopping, try not to leave packages exposed in the backseat of your motor vehicle while it is unattended.   If you must leave valuables in your car, remember the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” and always place them in the trunk.  If you have a station wagon, van, or pick-up truck, place your valuables on the floor and cover them with a blanket.
 
If you are planning to do most of your holiday shopping online this year, remember that credit cards are at risk too.  Keep a list of all your credit cards in a safe place, including their number, and the address and phone number of whom to notify in case of loss or identity theft. 
 
For more holiday safety tips and information, please see the tips brochure.  For a hard copy, stop in to the Cambridge Police Department located at 125 Sixth Street in Cambridge and pick up our holiday safety pamphlet at the front desk

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