Shopping Safety Tips

Person putting brown shopping bags into their car trunk in a parking lot.

During the busy holiday shopping season, criminals are also "shopping." Be sure to stay alert when rushing from store to store to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Boise Police urge shoppers to use the following safety tips, regardless of where you shop, to keep your holiday shopping trip a safe one.

When Shopping

  • Park in well-lit areas close to your destination.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and the things you're carrying. Don't overload yourself with packages or become distracted by your cell phone.
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other. Select a central meeting place and teach them to ask store personnel or security for help if they need it.
  • Pick restrooms in well-lit and well-trafficked areas. Always accompany children to the restroom.
  • Always know where the closest exit is located in case of fire or another emergency.
  • Carry you purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front pocket.
  • Carry only the cash or credit cards you will need on a particular day. Don’t display large amounts of cash.
  • Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or take them directly home.

Gift Ideas for the Safety-Minded

If you know someone who enjoys gifts that are more on the practical side, give them the gift of safety this holiday season with one of these ideas:

  • Doorbell cameras
  • Car Safety Kit for emergencies
  • Window breaker tool
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Bike lock
  • Gun lock/gun safe
  • Flashlights and Fire extinguishers
  • Window scraper

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