top of page

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

While you’ll be busy out shopping for gifts, and going to holiday parties, criminals will be out in full force ready to take away your holiday cheer. While the holiday season is always a special time of year, it is also a time when busy people become vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime:

To help you navigate this holiday season safely, and securely, I compiled the following holiday safety tips from various law enforcement groups, and crime prevention sections.

When shopping:
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

  • Dress casually and comfortably.

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, instead pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

  • Keep cash in your front pocket.

  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages.

  • It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

When driving:
  • Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.

  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.

  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.

  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.

  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

  • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM):
  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.

  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

If Someone Tries to Rob You:
  • Don't resist. Give up your property—Don't give up your life.

  • Report the crime to the police.

Self defense measures are most effective when applied as preventive steps—avoiding the crime in the first place. These measures include running away, hiding, screaming, and alerting others.

You can never be too careful, too prepared, or too aware! Please share the following safety tips with family, friends and neighbors.

If you're interested in learning more essential self-defense and safety tactics, get my book, The Short Fight, on Amazon at

You'll receive free lifetime access to my video library that contains over 100 self-defense and fitness videos at

Want to get in the best shape of your life? Check out our fitness training programs here

Until next time, Stay Safe!

Lawrence Castanon

Author, The Short Fight


34 views0 comments


bottom of page