America’s ultimate shopping holiday is approaching quickly. People everywhere have finished stuffing themselves with turkey and cranberry sauce, taken their quick evening nap, and are well prepared for the midnight rush. That’s right, Black Friday is coming. It’s easy to get caught up in the Black Friday frenzy, so it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings. After all, according to Fortune, thefts are 2% higher on Black Friday. Here are some tips to keep your shopping experience safe.
- Keep your cash discreet. There will be plenty of people out on Black Friday. While most people will be trying to grab a designer shirt for well below retail price, there will
be others who will be looking to grab your money. Keep your cash secure and only bring it out when you’re ready to pay at the counter. Or better yet, leave the cash in your bank and pay with a credit or debit card.
- Don’t leave personal belongings visible in your car. If you have multiple stops planned, make sure to keep your items in your trunk. This will help deter theft. If possible, drop your items off at home before going to your next shopping destination.
- Keep pickpockets away. If you’re carrying a wallet, keep it in your front pocket. If you’re using a purse, keep it close to your body and under your arm. These simple actions will deter pickpockets.
- Go out with a group. While taking someone shopping with you is good, going in a group is better. While out with a group, you’ll have more eyes to keep watch of your surroundings, more hands to help carry shopping bags, and more help in the event that something happens. After all, there’s strength in numbers.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Make note of the people around you, which cars are parked near you, and find the safest and most direct path from your car to the store. Also, keep an eye out for nearby emergency exits, so you can leave the building safely in case an emergency situation arises.
- Hang on to your receipts. Whether or not you’re going to return an item you bought, it’s important to keep a record of your receipts. That way, if you see a discrepancy in your account, you’ll have a record of what you’ve purchased to check against your bank statement.
- Ask for help. Whether you need a hand with carrying extra bags to your car or need someone to safely escort you to your car, be sure to ask a store clerk for assistance. If they’re unable to help you themselves, they can direct you to the proper resources to get the assistance you need.
- Keep yourself safe. Always park in a well-lit area and keep your keys out as your approach your vehicle. Also, check the back seat before getting into your car.
- If you see something, say something. If you see a suspicious person or a lone package that looks out of place, report it to a security officer. Not only will you be keeping yourself safe, but you’ll be looking out for everyone around you also. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
While there may not be an APEX security officer on-site, it’s good to know that there are security officers working to make sure that everyone has a safe shopping experience.
If you do feel you need an APEX Security officer for your shopping event, give us a call at (407) 846-1435. APEX Security also provides security guards for gated communities and construction sites.