Shopping and Driving
- Stay alert to your surroundings.
- If you have a cell phone, take it with you.
- Park in a well-lit space away from bushes.
- Lock your car and roll up the windows.
- Don't overload yourself with packages. Take a trip back to the car if necessary with extra packages. Hide packages in trunk or under a blanket.
- Have you car keys in hand before heading to the parking lot.
- If involved in a property damage collision, drive to the nearest well-lit spot where light and other people are present.
- If a person other than the police wave you to stop, acknowledge them, but drive to the nearest well-lit spot where light and other people are present. If available, use your cell phone to tell the police you are being pulled over by an unmarked vehicle.
- Do not leave children unattended in vehicles that cannot care for themselves.
Shopping with Children
- Stay in a group. If not, make a time and place to meet.
- Teach kids to go to a store clerk or security guard if separated or if there is a problem.
- Keep children under 4 in a stroller or close to you.
- If placing your child in a shopping cart, use the safety belt. About 21,000 kids (age 5 and under) are treated in emergency rooms yearly for shopping cart injuries.
- Watch your purse. Don't leave it in your cart unattended. If taken, immediately report it to the store personnel and the police.