Harris County Sheriff's Office Shares Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Harris County Sheriff's Office Shares Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

November 25 2023

As we embrace the joy of the holiday season, we must stay vigilant and safeguard against potential theft and security risks. Have a solid plan to shop safely while searching for the perfect holiday gifts.

Don’t let the season of giving become the season of taking. Here are some online and in-person shopping safety and theft prevention tips.

Online Shopping
  • Stick to retailers that you know and have shopped with before.
  • Do some research on retailers that you're not familiar with or haven't shopped with before.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi when making online purchases.
  • Keep your receipts and monitor your bank account and credit activity.
In-Person Shopping
  • When looking for a parking space, be patient and alert for pedestrians.
  • Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
  • Don't leave valuable items in your vehicle, especially in plain view.
  • Lock your car doors, even if you're stepping away for a moment.
  • Avoid putting your personal belongings in the shopping cart.
  • If you’re shopping with children, identify the store personnel so they know who to ask for help.
  • Don’t argue over store items; it can be dangerous and escalate to an assault.
Safety Tips to Ensure a Secure and Peaceful Holiday
  • Always lock your doors and windows, whether at home or away.
  • Adequate outdoor lighting is a deterrent to burglars.
  • If you're expecting deliveries, track packages and arrange for them to be delivered when someone is home.
  • Avoid advertising your travel plans on social media. Wait until you return to share your holiday experiences. Broadcasting your absence can make your home a target.
  • If you have a home security system, renew your alarm permit annually. For more information, call 713-755-4600.  
  • Update and share emergency contact information with trusted neighbors.
  • If you're traveling for the holidays, we've got you covered! The Harris County Sheriff's Office Vacation Watch Program offers added security when you're away from home. Learn more about the service and sign up by clicking here.
  • If you see something unusual or suspicious in your neighborhood, report it to the Sheriff's Office at 713-221-6000 or 911 if it's an emergency.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office encourages residents to work together to ensure that the joy of the holidays is not overshadowed by theft or security concerns. 

Source: HCSO

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