Black Friday is one of the Biggest shopping days of the year. Unfortunately, while you’re excited for all of the great deals, criminals are excited for all of the distracted shoppers. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make yourself a less desirable target for criminals this black Friday:
Find a visible parking spot. Even if it takes a little longer, look for the best parking spot to deter break-ins. Look for a populated area that is well lit, and has maximum visibility.
Put down your cellphone. Criminals look for shoppers who are distracted – there an easier target. That’s why it’s important to stay alert and off your phone as you shop, and as you walk out to your car.
Make eye contact. If someone seems suspicious, it may be beneficial to make eye contact with them. This seems counter-intuitive, but making eye contact can deter a potential criminal from striking because they know they’ve been spotted. They will most likely look for an easier target, one that hasn’t had time to remember what they look like.
Store belongings out of sight. Keep your bags covered and in the trunk. This reduces the incentive a potential criminal has to break into your car. A break in poses a risk to a criminal (they may get caught), so if they can’t find a guaranteed reward through the window, it is likely they will move along or find a different target.
Use the buddy system. Just having a friend to shop with can lower your chances of being the victim of criminal activity. Criminals like an easy target, and since two are stronger than one, they’re less likely to strike.
Black Friday is notorious for criminal activity, and can be a very dangerous time of year. Make sure that you stay alert as you make your way through the crowds of shoppers this holiday.
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