Give Christmas Thieves a Lump of Coal

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THUNDER BAY – Thieves are making it harder to celebrate the holidays. From constant phishing and fraud to outright theft is seems their efforts are never ending.

Stores are bustling with holiday gift-hunters seeking the right present to place under the tree this holiday season.

Unfortunately, thieves see your armload of purchases as a prime opportunity to move in and swipe your stuff if you don’t protect yourself. The good news is that it’s easy to thwart thieves using a few simple safe shopping practices.

  • Keep wallets and purses safely always secured on your person.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of currency. Instead, use debit and credit cards.
  • Protect and shield your Personal Information Number at point-of-sale terminals.
  • Get cash from recognized banking machines and not stand-alone ATM. Thieves use card-skimming devices to target stand-alone units.
  • Carrying large amounts of gifts make you a target. Take them to your car and put them in a trunk, or in the case of sport utility vehicles or pick-up trucks, place them on the floor and cover them with a blanket.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is locked.

An unlocked vehicle door or an open window is an invitation to thieves seeking a crime of opportunity.

Remember to lock it … or you may lose it!

  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Roll up the vehicle’s windows.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your doors and pocket your keys.

Following these easy, safe shopping steps will go a long way to ensuring your gifts go to your loved ones and not into the hands of thieves.

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