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Safety Tips for Holiday Activities and Shopping

Posted on November 21, 2022

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and Chicago Police Department (CPD) are reminding everyone to be safe and vigilant this holiday season especially in crowds and report suspicious activity to 9-1-1.


Safety Tips for Holiday Activities and Shopping

  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended even if you are making a quick stop or are simply trying to warm your vehicle before travel.
  • Keep your purse close to your body, preferably in front of you or under a jacket or coat.
  • Be aware of where your purse is when you go to restaurants or hotel lounges. Thieves prey on purses hung over the back of a chair or left on the floor.
  • If you carry a wallet, keep it in your front pants pocket or coat breast pocket.
  • Always be alert and walk confidently. Be mindful of those who pass you on a crowded bus or train or bump into you on a sidewalk. These individuals may be pickpockets.
  • Do not leave packages or other valuables on the car seat where they can be seen. Lock them in the trunk.
  • Do not carry valuables in backpacks, which can easily be accessed in a crowded elevator, on an escalator or in a checkout line.
  • Keep an eye on credit cards and the paper trail they generate to avoid becoming the victim of identity theft. To reduce the risk, people should destroy extra copies of credit card receipts. It’s also best not to carry personal information in a wallet or purse. This includes a social security number, an old credit card, ATM receipts or seldom used credit cards.
  • Keep pertinent information, including credit card account numbers, banking information and social security numbers, in a secured but accessible place at home. That way, in the event that a credit card is lost or stolen, the information will be handy for reporting to authorities.
  • Use caution when making online purchases, especially when the vendor is an individual rather than a known retailer.
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