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Crime Stoppers NT shares tips for shopping safely

Seasonal shopping can make you a potential target for thieves, so a few simple precautions can keep you safe.

23.12.2021 News

Shopping is normally bad enough, but social distancing and uncertainty over changing restrictions adds a new layer of complexity when battling the Christmas crowds. Seasonal shopping can also make you a potential target for thieves, so consider a few simple precautions:

In the shops:

  • Don’t leave shopping to the last-minute rush.
  • Only carry essential identification or valuables and make sure they are secure.
  • Make sure your bag is closed, held in front of you where possible and never left unattended.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and if someone bumps into you then immediately check your valuables.
  • When making a transaction using your card, never let it out of your sight and be wary about who is nearby when entering your PIN.
  • Pay attention to who is around you and report any suspicious activity.

In the car park:

  • Always park in a safe location with good lighting and people around.
  • Make sure all doors and windows on your vehicle are secure.
  • Remove all valuables where possible or put things out of sight – including any coins.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
  • Don’t leave GPS systems or mobile phone hands-free accessories on display.