Tips for Holiday Shopping from the Mill Valley Police Department
If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
If possible shop with a friend or family member.
Try to shop during the day with plenty of light and avoid going out in the dark.
Don’t buy more than you can carry.
Place purchased items in the trunk of your vehicle so others can’t see what you purchased.
Make sure to lock your vehicle and set the alarm, if it has one.
Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash or wear flashy jewelry.
Don’t become distracted in a large crowd or parking lot by texting or looking at your phone. It can wait until you’re in a safe and secure spot.
Monitor your financial account activity closely, so any fraud can be detected immediately. Keep a paper trail of purchases by retaining copies of receipts.
Carry your purse and/or wallet close to your body.
Keep all wrapped gifts in the closet and out of sight to avoid potential burglaries.
Be wary of online deals that appear to be too good to be true.
If shopping online, make sure the website you’re purchasing from is legitimate. Look for a closed padlock on your web browser's address bar, and a web address beginning with https:// (the s stands for secure).