Be alert, aware, and cautious. Pay attention to your surroundings; know where your belongings are and where you are going.
Remain alert, especially in crowded areas. Thieves may work together to create a distraction while stealing a wallet or purse.
It is recommended that purses are carried with the clasp or flap to the front of the body.
Never leave your purse in a shopping cart, on a counter, or in a car unattended. Refrain from hanging your purse on the back of your chair in a restaurant.
When using public washrooms, avoid placing purses on hooks or door handles.
Park in well-lit areas. Make sure vehicle doors are locked.
Be aware of your surroundings when walking to and from your vehicle.
Plan your travel route in advance and inform others of your destination.
Travel on main roadways; do not take unfamiliar shortcuts.
Carry your car/house keys separate from your identification.
Visually scan the area as you approach your vehicle when returning from shopping and as you approach your home.
Anytime you plan on being away from home for an extended prior of time, give your house an occupied appearance. Criminals are aware that many people leave the light above the stove and/or light above the kitchen sink on when they are not home. Instead, use timers and leave a bedroom and/or bathroom light on when not home.
If you see or sense any suspicious activity while returning to your vehicle, return to the shopping establishment and ask security to assist you, or call the local police department.
Do not overload your arms with bags and packages while walking to or from your vehicle.
Visually inspect the front and back seats before entering your vehicle.
Consider carrying lesser amounts of cash on your person and in a front pocket.