Crooks always look for opportunities to steal and scam. This is especially true this time of year. The holidays offer several ways to get distracted.
So, whether you brave the stores or buy online, the Keating Agency wants to help you stay safe during this hectic time of year.
Holiday Shopping Purchases a Target for Thieves
Our friends at Channel 3 reported that “porch pirates” become more active during the holidays. One of their tactics is to follow package delivery trucks and then swipe the packages before the owner arrives home.
One of the ways you can prevent thieves from stealing your purchases is to track their delivery. This helps you know when to expect delivery. You can make certain you are home when the package is scheduled to arrive.
Technology also provides theft deterrents. Video doorbells and outdoor surveillance video cameras are feared by porch pirates. Police routinely use video to identify and arrest thieves.
If your holiday shopping plans take you to the stores, Alabama.com offers some safety tips.
- If possible, shop during daylight hours.
- Stay alert to your surroundings.
- Bring a form of identification and only those credit cards or cash you intend to spend.
- Keep money in your front pocket.
- Don’t get overloaded carrying purchases.
- Park in well-lit, easily visible areas.
- Be suspicious of strangers who approach you.
A non-shopping tip from the article can work here as well. When walking to your vehicle, keep your key fob in one hand. If you are approached and feel you are in danger, hit the fob’s alarm button. The loud alarm should frighten prospective robbers.
The article also suggests not leaving packages visible in your vehicle. Put them in the trunk or cover with a blanked. Thieves are less tempted to break into your car.
Of course, if your car is broken into, know that the Keating Agency will be with you through every step of the Auto Insurance claims process. We’ve been your local, independent insurance agency for 50 years and we’ll provide you with the same level of personal attention today as we did on our founding.