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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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Whether you're looking to shop online or in-person this holiday season, the Lakeway Police Department would like you to keep in mind some important safety advice: 

Shopping In Store

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock your car, close your windows, and hide all gifts and shopping bags in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and put your wallet in an inside pocket or front pants pocket.
  • Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle.
  • When shopping with kids, teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated, and don’t allow your kids to go off by themselves.

Online Shopping

  • It's wise to do some research on a website before you purchase something.
  • Log on to the company website yourself - do not enter through an emailed link.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau to check history of complaints.
  • Look for a padlock icon in the upper right corner of any page asking for your credit card information to indicate it is secure.
  • If purchasing or selling items on social apps like Offer Up or Facebook Marketplace, make sure to meet in a well-lit public location and try to not go alone. There is a meeting location specifically for exchanges like this in the Lakeway Police Department parking lot, which is indicated by a green sign and has a security camera pointed at that location. 

Preventing Package Theft

  • Track deliveries online and confirm delivery has occurred. 
  • Install a doorbell camera.
  • If you know a family member or neighbor will be home, ask them to pick up the packages as soon as they are delivered. 
  • Request a restricted delivery or signature confirmation.
  • Switch delivery location to your place of work or somewhere it can be received by someone and not left on the porch.
  • See if the post office or store the product is being shipped from can hold the package for pick up.

The Lakeway Police Department wishes you a safe and Happy Holiday season!

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