Holiday Shopping Safety

Philadelphia Police provides these 12 tips for holiday shopping safety.

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From Philly Police: Before venturing out to the stores or on the Internet please read our tips to making your holiday shopping experience a fun and safe one.
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DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! This may not be related to shopping but it is very important!
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Do not ever use public wifi networks to do your shopping. These networks are unsecured and shared amongst all users. It does not take much technical knowledge to intercept your communications and gain access to your passwords and credit card numbers.
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If visiting multiple stores, store your bags in the trunk of your car. If you must store them in the passenger compartment, make every effort to keep them out of sight.
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Before choosing a website to shop with, check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure their legitimacy.
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Be aware of loiterers near your vehicle. If you have any question, return to the store and ask to be escorted.
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Use strong passwords that are hard to break. This is good advice to follow all year-long.
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Park your vehicle in a well-lit area that is well traveled by fellow-shoppers.
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Use a credit card not a debit card when you shop online. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if your credit card is used fraudulently.
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Carry small amounts of cash, thieves are on the look-out for people holding large amounts of money.
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Before you click OK to send your credit card information, check that you are submitting data securely. If the address in your address bar at the top of the page begins with “https://” then your transmission is encrypted, if it starts with “http://” it is not.
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Cut up product boxes in to small pieces that fit in to trash or recycling bins. There is no need to advertise all the cool gifts that are now in your home to everyone that passes.
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BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 27: A participant looks at lines of code on a laptop on the first day of the 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28C3) - Behind Enemy Lines computer hacker conference on December 27, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The Chaos Computer Club is Europe's biggest network of computer hackers and its annual congress draws up to 3,000 participants. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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Enjoy your holiday shopping!
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