The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, it's also a time when we must be especially vigilant when it comes to our personal safety. As we gear up for the festivities, shopping sprees, and gatherings with family and friends, it's crucial to remember that our safety should remain a top priority. In this blog post, we'll discuss some practical tips to help credit union members stay safe and be mindful of their surroundings during the holiday season.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings:
One of the simplest yet most effective ways to stay safe during the holidays is to stay aware of your surroundings. Whether you're out shopping, traveling, or attending events, be mindful of the people and activities around you. Avoid distractions like texting or browsing on your phone while walking in crowded places. When shopping, keep an eye on your belongings and avoid leaving your bags unattended.
Holiday shopping is a beloved tradition for many, but it can also be an opportunity for thieves. To protect yourself while shopping, consider the following tips:
a. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible.
b. Park in well-lit areas, and be cautious of dark alleys or secluded parking lots.
c. Avoid displaying valuable items in your car, and lock them in the trunk.
d. Use cash and cards discreetly, shield your PIN when making purchases, and keep a close watch on your wallet or purse.
Trust Your Instincts:
If something doesn't feel right or makes you uncomfortable, trust your instincts. If you sense danger or an uneasy situation, remove yourself from it and seek help if necessary. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Plan Your Travel Wisely:
If you're traveling during the holidays, plan your trips in advance. Share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family member and let them know your expected arrival times. Avoid discussing your travel plans with strangers or sharing your location on social media until you've returned home.
Use ATMs Safely:
During the holiday season, it's common to need cash for various expenses. When using ATMs, choose well-lit, secure locations, and be aware of your surroundings. Shield your PIN number, and check the machine for any suspicious devices before using it.
Online Shopping Precautions:
In today's digital age, many people turn to online shopping for convenience. Ensure you're using secure websites and only purchase from reputable sources. Be cautious of email and online scams, and never share personal information or financial details over email.
Secure Your Home:
If you're traveling for the holidays, take measures to secure your home. Lock all doors and windows, set alarms if you have them, and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your property. It's also a good idea to put a temporary hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries to avoid signaling that you're away.
By following these safety tips and being mindful of your surroundings, you can help ensure that your holiday season is not only joyful but also safe and secure. We wish all our Members a safe and happy holiday season.