Large crowds and shopping lists make people unaware of their surroundings, giving thieves easy access to belongings. If you are heading out for some shopping, take a few preventive measures to help keep you safe.

•· Shop during the day. If shopping at night, never go alone.

•· Dress comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

•· Try not to carry a purse or wallet. These are prime targets for thieves. If you must bring one, always hold on to it.

•· Try and pay for your purchases with cards rather than cash. If traveling with cash, keep it in your front pocket.

•· When using an ATM, be on high alert and never throw your receipt into the trash.

•· Be aware of any strangers approaching you. They may try and distract you with the intention of taking your belongings.

•· Do not overload yourself with bags or packages. It is important to maintain your visibility and range of motion in the event of an incident.

•· Never leave purses or packages visible in your vehicle.

•· Park in a well-lit area and keep doors locked at all times.

Although you may be in a hurry, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. This goes for when you are driving during the busy shopping season as well. There are more vehicles on the road this time of year than any other time. Take your time while driving and avoid all distractions. If you were injured in an accident over the holidays, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green. Do not let an accident or injury ruin this special time for you.


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