As we are in the midst of the holiday shopping season, I would like to share some safety tips with Town of Hempstead residents who are planning to do some holiday shopping. By taking a few precautions, you can make the experience more enjoyable.
It's a good idea to avoid carrying large amounts of cash when you are shopping. Keeping your purse across your body provides added security. If you're just carrying a wallet, make sure it's not in a loose pocket where it can easily be snatched.
If you're shopping at night, try to park in well-lit areas. You can also ask security to escort you to your vehicle. When you are shopping, be sure to put your packages or any valuables that may be in your car out of sight. Try to keep your hands free and have your car key in hand when walking to your car. When you reach the car, check the surrounding area and the back seat before entering the car.
Online shopping has become one of the most popular methods of buying in recent years, but many people worry about security. Most online buying is done via credit card. While it is extremely convenient to be able to shop at the click of the mouse, there are some things of which you should be aware before ordering online.
Once you have selected the item you wish to buy, it's good to be sure that the site to which you are sending your credit card information is secure. Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer have developed simple methods to check if the site is using secure encryption techniques. Netscape Navigator/Communications will show a "broken key" or an "open padlock" icon on the lower left corner of your screen if the site is not secure. If the site is secure, you will see an unbroken key or a closed padlock icon. Microsoft Internet Explorer will notify you if you are entering a secure area.
Holiday shipping delays should also be considered when ordering online. You also should be aware of the warranty that is offered with the product and check for a visual image of the item that you are buying so you know exactly what you will be receiving.
No matter what type of shopping you plan on doing this holiday season, your safety is important. Please follow these simple precautions to be sure that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday shopping season.