Safe Christmas Shopping tips

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage RECO Reg# 4325734

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping season is fast approaching, the malls seem to be more crowded than normal, even on weekdays (and our neighbours to the south will be kicking off the season with Black Friday).
Crowded Malls
Here are some tips to help you stay safe and to prevent you becoming a victim of crime this Christmas season:

  • If you use cash, obtain your cash from recognized financial institutions and avoid stand alone bank machines (which can be targets of various skimming devices).  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Know how to recognize legal tender (Canadian and American bills have various counterfeiting prevention features).
  • Keep your wallets and purses safely secured at all times.
  • When using credit and debit cards, always protect you PIN and shield entry (from prying eyes and/or surveillance devices).
  • Do not carry large amounts of gifts.  Secure them in your vehicles trunk and place in your home as soon as possible.  Keep them out of plain sight.
  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area.  Always lock your doors.
  • Above all, be aware and trust your instincts.  Report suspicious people, activity or behaviour to mall security, store owners or workers or the police.

In most cases, crime is preventable, be safe and have a Happy and Safe Christmas Shopping season.


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Lori Gardiner
RE/MAX River's Edge - Barrington, RI

Hi Chris,

Great post and tips!  Wish you and your family happy holidays!

Nov 23, 2011 08:21 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell

Hello Chris --- a good list and a very timely reminder.  It might be good to travel in pairs in numbers.   

Nov 23, 2011 08:35 AM #2
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Thank You Lori, Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and if you go shopping Black Friday, shop safe.

Nov 23, 2011 08:44 AM #3
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Michael, thank you for the added tip. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2011 08:45 AM #4
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Good Morning Chris, thank you for the holiday shopping tips.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2011 09:06 AM #5
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Keller Williams Realty Loudoun Gateway - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Great list of tips! Mall security will often accompany you to your car if you feel uncomfortable, people just have to ask!

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2011 09:23 AM #6
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Chris you couldn't have posted this at a better time! Sometimes with the gift shopping cruising through our brains we get a little sloppy with our normal cautious behaviour.  Just last week a co-worker found a lady going through his car for loose change because they had neglected to lock the doors when leaving!

Nov 23, 2011 09:49 AM #7
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Captain Wayne, hope you and yours have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2011 03:23 PM #8
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Gina, I am a strong proponent of listening to that voice inside of you... If you feel uncomfortable, be careful, ask for help

Nov 23, 2011 03:42 PM #9
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Al and Peggy, most of my posts are common knowledge that we sometimes need to be reminded of...

Nov 23, 2011 03:43 PM #10
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening, Chris. All very good points. I always keep my wallet in my front pocket. Hard to pick...

Nov 23, 2011 06:22 PM #11
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

 Chris: These are some very good safety tips for folks shopping.  Now we have to worry about someone being able to get your credit card information when your card is being swiped or in your wallet. I think cash is the way to go.

Nov 23, 2011 07:20 PM #12
Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers
The Durango Home Team - Durango, CO
Selling Durango CO homes to good people like you!

Excellent tips!  Most are common sense, but that seems to be lacking today.  Thanks for the reminders.


Nov 24, 2011 09:26 AM #13
Brett Reichel
Pacific Residential Mtg., LLC - NMLS 1477 / WA CL-1477 - Clackamas, OR
MLO 210215

Great advice - thanks for the timely reminders!

Nov 24, 2011 09:31 AM #14
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Very good and timely tips. Worthy of several reblogs and you will get one from me on this!

Nov 24, 2011 09:37 AM #15
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Chris:  These are excellent tips and a good reminder that we need to keep alert as we shop during the holiday season.


Nov 24, 2011 09:59 AM #16
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Chris....Great Advice and a timely post for us all as we approach the Christmas Shopping Season.

Merry Christmas-Fred Carver


Nov 24, 2011 11:54 AM #17
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Good morning Chris;  I'm like Michael comment #11, wallet in front pocket.  Worked for me all my life.  As for shopping?  My wife takes care of that.

Nov 25, 2011 07:39 AM #18
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Chris, it's really too bad that we need to keep a list of these precautions, but great idea to post them.

Nov 25, 2011 04:36 PM #19
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

These are great tips to prevent becoming a victim Chris! I like a fanny pack for that is close and accessible and stored close to the body.

Nov 28, 2011 05:37 PM #20
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