1. CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD/BANK STATEMENTS FOR UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES AS SOON AS THEY ARRIVE. BETTER YET, CHECK THEM ON LINE FREQUENTLY.
With more activity in credit card and bank accounts during the holidays, criminals have an excellent opportunity to sneak charges that may be over looked on to your accounts. If you fail to notice a fraudulent credit card charge within sixty (60) days of its first appearance on your account, you will be responsible for paying the charge. And the longer a fraudulent bank transaction is not reported, the more you may have to pay.
2. CARRY YOUR CREDIT CARDS, DEBIT CARD, DRIVER’S LICENSE, CASH, CHECKS, AND ANYTHING WITH YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE MANNER.
– NOT IN YOUR WALLET IN YOUR BACK POCKET (MEN)
– NOT IN YOUR PURSE (WOMEN)
3. STAY ALERT! KNOW WHO IS AROUND YOU?
Victims of crime often state that the perpetrator came out of nowhere. What they are really saying is they were not paying attention to their surroundings and the perpetrator was able to get close to them. A person who appears to be alert and aware of the space around him or her, is less likely to be the target of a criminal. Pay attention to whom and what is around you as you walk to your car, leave your home or a business. If you aren’t comfortable with your surroundings, leave or get someone to walk with you.
4. BE CAREFUL WHEN PURCHASING GIFT CARDS.
Before purchasing that gift card, examine it closely, both front and back, for evidence of tampering. Does it appear that the card may have been removed from the packaging and returned? Has the pin number been revealed? Clever criminals will remove cards from racks and collect the information from the card, return the card to the display, and then use the phone number from the card to determine when the card has been activated. They then use the information they collected from the card to make purchases. The safest cards are those which have not been on an open display; but regardless of where you get them, all cards should be carefully inspected before purchase.
5. CUT UP GIFT BOXES BEFORE YOU PUT THEM OUT WITH THE TRASH.
A box that contained a new TV, stereo, IPod, firearm, jewelry, or other item easily sold on the street may attract a burglar that is searching for his/her next victim. Don’t entice a burglar by advertising that your home has just added items of value.