Are you planning to do most of your holiday shopping at the mall this year? If so, please be wary of pickpockets. Pickpockets have become as much a part of our holiday tradition as the department store Santa. With Christmas as a prime time for thieves, pickpockets will have a field day in a crowded mall.
People are pick pocketed every day in alarming numbers according to various statistics. When it comes to this crime, there’s danger in numbers. What happens in a busy mall is that people are bumped and jostled by everyone else that a victim would never notice a professional pickpocket slyly stealing a wallet. Even worse, once a victim has realized they have been pick pocketed there is no way to track it to anyone because a pickpocket has a way of blending in with a crowd.
Whenever I’m at the mall during the holiday seasons, these are a few helpful tips I always keep in mind while shopping:
1. I don’t flash cash in public places after going to the ATM or fumble with a wad of cash when paying for something. This is a red flag for pickpockets.
2. I always keep my money, credit cards and ID in a secure spot.
3. I don’t keep my wallet or valuables in a backpack. Thieves can easily slip their hands in without you even knowing it.
4. I avoid looking like a target. Thieves look for people who are disheveled, distracted or disorganized.
With a little extra caution, you can enjoy worry-free shopping at the mall this holiday season.