Here in Newport News we are home to many of the more popular retailers, i.e., Walmart and Best Buy. That’s why the Newport News Police Department would like to share some important safety tips for your shopping security:
• Do not shop alone. • Always be aware of your surroundings. • Shop during the day. • Keep your packages in your trunk. • Park in a well-lit area. • Never leave your car running. • When you get in your car – lock the doors immediately. • Be aware of your surroundings. • Do not use walk-up ATMs – go into a store. • Don’t overload your arms with packages. • Have your keys out and ready when you get to your car. • Do not carry a lot of cash. • Make sure you have a list of all your credit cards and phone numbers in case they are lost or stolen. • Keep your children in sight at all times. • Have a meeting place if you are separated from your children and teach your children what to do if approached by a stranger (i.e., report to a store clerk). • Report any suspicious activity. • Always lock your car.
Shopping online is a good alternative but does come with some risks. Here are a few tips for online shopping: • Use a credit card vs. a debit card. • If possible, use a disposable credit card, i.e., prepaid card or gift card. • Always use a secure site. A secure site will begin with https:// vs. http://. • Never “store” your information.