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The day after Thanksgiving is usually called “Black Friday.” It is when most stores advertise their best bargins for the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. in fact, most retailers will take-in almost 30% of their entire yearly income during the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Along with these great deals comes a greater chance of you becoming a victim because thieves realize that during the frendzy of grabbing these deals people let down their guard. Here are some tips that might keep you out of harms way:
* Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get too caught up in trying to “out grab” the person in front of you.
* Try to shop with a friend or relative. There’s safety in numbers. If needed, one can watch what you have already purchased while the other can go for the next deal.
* Never leave a package unattended.

* Be careful when using the restroom. Packages have been stolen right at your feet under the bathroom stall partition.
* Don’t overload yourself or have a stranger help you.
* Park in a well lighted area. Always look into the back seat of the car before you get into your vehicle.
* Needless to say, always lock your vehicle and never leave packages in plain sight inside it. Put them into the trunk and watch around you while you do.
* If you feel uneasy about going to your vehicle, ask one of the security guards to walk with you to your car.
* When leaving the shopping mall watch in your rear view mirror to be sure you are not being followed. Many times a thief will followed a shopper home only to attack the victim in their own driveway. So be aware when you are exiting your car at home.
* Have a purse with straps long enough to go over your shoulder. Do not lay it down even for a second.
* Be careful showing the inside of your purse. keep it zipped or locked until you are checking out.
* Be aware if someone starts jostling or rubbing up against you. thats how pick-pockets draw away your attention.

Don’t let a few bad apples spoil your shopping day. Happy Holidays and hope you find tons of bargains!!!

Posted on November 17th, 2009 at 05:09 by Alex Smith in PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables - Comment (1)

Parents should know the area their children will be trick-or-treating in. Admonish them not to leave this area even if one of their friends tell them of another great place to trick-or-treat. Parents should accompany smaller children. Get together with your neighbors and go as a group. There is safety in numbers plus you will have as much fun as your children.


* Purchase costumes, masks, beards, wigs, and costume accessories that are labeled “flame resistant”. These materials will resist burning. Keep away from flimsy-baggy sleeves and skirts.
* Buy or make costumes that are light, bright and easily seen by motorists. Place reflective tape on the costume and carry bags. Look for the tapes in your local hardware, bicycle, sporting goods or department stores such as Walmart or Kmart, etc.
* Each child should carry his/her own flashlight to see and be seen.
* Keep away from high-heeled or oversized shoes. Shoes should be well fitting and sturdy.
* Masks should be well fitted and have good ventilation with large eye holes for good vision.
* Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft flexible materials.


* Warn children not to eat any treats until you have inspected them for any signs of tampering.
* Carefully examine any toy or novelty items received by trick-or-treaters under 3 years of age. Do not allow any young children to have items small enough to cause a possible choking or that have small parts that may break off and become a choking hazard.


* Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes may come into contact with them.
* remove all obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
* Indoors. keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from curtains or from anything conbustible that could be ignited.
* Check all lights and extension cords for fraying or loose connections. Do not overload circuits with numerous decorations. Keep the decorations clear from the path a trick-or-treater will take to get to your door.

Have a safe, fun, and scary Halloween.

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 at 15:48 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (0)

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