HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
Do not leave
packages in plain view inside of your vehicle-place them in the trunk or carry
along some type of covering to place over your packages.
While shopping in
the evening hours may be less crowded, there are also additional potential risks
involved. Always park in areas of parking lots that have adequate lighting.
with others rather than going alone, and keep in mind safety in numbers is a
Make sure purses and
wallets are secure on your person and you are aware of their location at all
Keep the amount of
available cash you have at a minimum or separate it into different pockets or
locations on or about your person. This way all of it is not lost if your purse
or wallet is misplaced or stolen.
Credit cards offer
convenience and security, however, keep track of all cards and keep receipts to
compare to your monthly statement.
Be aware of your
surroundings at all times and move to and from your vehicle with confidence and
"purpose". Have your keys ready before
getting to your car so you do not have to search for them while standing near
people or activity to law enforcement-call 911
Most importantly, reduce your own vulnerability
and do what you can to minimize the possibility that you could be a victim of a
crime or a loss.
CREDIT CARD SAFEGUARDS
Credit card theft is when your
credit card is actually stolen……Credit card fraud is an illegal transaction that
is made using the information from that card.
The JPSO would like to also warn
online shoppers to be vigilant about making safe and secure transactions while
Any transaction that involves the
physically handing of your credit card over to another individual can
potentially be risky. A common form of credit card fraud called “skimming” can
occur at restaurants or other retail establishments by unscrupulous employees
who don’t need to steal a credit card to commit fraud. “It only takes 10 seconds
for a waiter, waitress or retail person to take your credit card and write down
your number and then go home and pay their bills online with your information.
If you are planning to make a
financial transaction on a retail website, first check that site’s URL address
and make sure it starts with HTTPS, and not just HTTP before entering any
financial or sensitive information. The ‘S’ indicates that it is a secure
website. If you do not see that ‘S’ on the page asking you for your information,
look instead for a phone number or some other way of making that purchase.
Always remember, criminals are
preying on your holiday spirit of giving to make a quick buck and fund their
Colonel John N. Fortunato,
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058