CPD Promotes Holiday Shopping Tips
Be sure and take the necessary precautions to stay safe and keep purchases and personal items secure during the Holiday shopping season. Collierville Police Department Assistant Chief David Tillner said "We continually urge people to heed warnings, place purchases out of sight, and to be sure and lock your vehicle doors. During the Holidays, this becomes even more important. We encourage everyone to be alert and use common sense. The Department wants this to be another happy and safe holiday season."
With "Black Friday" shopping coming soon, the Collierville Police Department (CPD) offers these simple tips to avoid being a victim of crime:
- Do not leave purses or wallets unattended while shopping. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to "shoulder surf" to get your account information.
- Only carry a minimal amount of credit cards when shopping.
- Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
- Do not carry your Social Security Card or PIN numbers in your wallet or purse. Leave these items in a secure place at home. Always close your purse and keep it with you while shopping or in public places.
- Do not leave your purse or valuables in plain sight or unattended in your vehicle. Secure valuables in the trunk. Try to walk to your car with someone or ask a store employee to walk with you, especially after dark.
- Lock ALL your vehicle's doors! Set any alarm or anti-theft device.
- Try to park in busy, well-lit, well-travelled areas. Do not buy more than you can carry. Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
- Save all receipts. Print and save confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
Individuals who are victims of purse/wallet or credit card theft should make a police report and contact personal credit card companies to cancel the card. You should also contact the three major credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, Experian), to place a fraud alert on the cards.
CPD will be out working hard during this holiday season. If you see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to contact CPD at (901) 853-3207, or in an emergency call 911.
In this age of technology, Cybercrime and identity theft may be especially prevalent during this season. The National Crime Prevention Council offers these tips: 1) Read the fine print on website privacy policies; 2) Check your financial statements regularly; 3) If it seems too good to be true, it is; and 4) Turn off the computer—'always on' renders computers more susceptible. For other Internet fraud tips, go to fbi.gov/scams-safety or justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime.