Be alert, aware, and cautious. Know where your belongings are and where you are going. Be aware of your surrounding area.
Remain alert, especially in crowded areas. Someone might bump into you while another picks your pocket or purse.
Women should carry their purses with the clasp or flap to the front of the body.
Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or counter unattended. Be aware of 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, busy areas. Keep doors locked.
Be aware of your surroundings when going to and from your vehicle. Criminals will hide between and under vehicles.
Plan your stops in advance and inform others of your destination.
Travel in a well-lit area and do not take unfamiliar shortcuts.
Carry your keys separate from your identification, so in case of a theft, the criminal will not have your address and keys.
Visually scan the area as you approach your vehicle when returning from shopping and as your approach your home.
While shopping, or anytime you leave the home, 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. Always avoid routines.
When returning to your vehicle and you see or sense any suspicious activity, return to the mall or store and ask security to assist you - or dial the local police department.
Do not overload your arms with bags and packages - criminals look for vulnerable victims.
If possible, walk in the center of the parking lane to allow yourself to see any criminals hiding under or beside vehicles.
Always check the front and back seats of your car before entering.
Men - if you carry extra money, you should carry two wallets, one with a small amount of cash in the normal pocket, and the other wallet with your cash in a less conspicuous pocket or area.