It is holiday season and while our thoughts are to spend time with family, friends, gifts and good humor; criminals also celebrate their high season to enjoy those who have left the guard. Keep yourself and your family out of danger with these holiday safety tips: Christmas shopping beware of little thieves and thieves hiding in shopping malls and parking lots while you wait to put your hands in your pockets.
The thieves look at the news and read the newspaper to see where the big sales will be, and then examine some department stores and shopping centers to see what security routes and quick evacuation have. Then sit down and wait for the race to begin. Think about buying online from trusted Websites pay attention to fake items and sales that are too good to be true pay attention to your surroundings when you are in shopping malls and parking lots don’t try to shop late at night and just park in well-lit places bring a friend or family member stay away from your phone while you, to stay alert (even if you listen to music with headphones) use your credit or debit cards and avoid carrying large sums of money do not wear expensive or eye-catching jewelry or watches women carry their handbag over your shoulder, pull your body forward slightly (do not put it in your shopping cart) put all items in the trunk of your vehicle to increase your chances of a ” smash and grab” – Reduce victims keep your hands free when you walk through the store (use a basket to carry your bags to your vehicle) keep your keys and your phone in your pocket, so if your handbag is stolen, you can always call for help and go home never let your car run and unattended – even for a second identity theft identity theft is in fact the number one crime during the holiday season! If you shop online, do so only from trusted Websites, beware of email sales offers. Always make sure that the Links you click on go to the actual Website and not something that should look closely. If in doubt, enter the address of the Website in your Browser.
Tear up any sensitive documents with your Social Security or account numbers before you throw them check your monthly bank statements, bank accounts and credit reports home raids home raids during the holidays with easy access to a stack of gifts, new electronic devices and families traveling out of town. Consider a home alarm monitoring service (and don’t forget to turn it on); have signs and stickers that show that your home is protected by the service. Keep the random lights on when you’re out and about, you can get a Timer or smart light bulbs that allow you to control the lights of your phone make sure all the windows and doors are locked and safe close the window curtains at night to avoid seeing people in your house save any easy-to-grasp items.
Laptops or other electronic devices get a dog or a fake motion sensor barking dog alarm (yes, they really work, to deter burglaries) have packages delivered to your home with signature confirmation so you don’t stay unattended at your front door just open the door to the delivery services you can check – look at your Uniform, your packing rack and there’s a big UPS or FedEx truck in front of your house.
Holiday scams scams are very common during holidays when criminals take advantage of our mood of giving and deceive us by giving money to a fake charity or participating in a fake contest. Always do your research and check if the charity is legitimate before you give personal information or money. Here are the most common red flags according to FTC: refuses to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, cost and how the donation is used. Will not prove that a contribution is tax deductible. Use a name very similar to that of a better known and respected organization. Thank you for making a commitment that you do not remember. Use high-pressure tactics such as trying to donate yourself immediately without giving you time to think about it and do your research. Ask for donations or ask them to transfer money. Offer to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect the donation immediately.
Guarantees the profits of the competition against a contribution. By law, you never have to donate to win a contest. Important safety tips never go to another place with a criminal no matter what you say or even if you have a gun. Always fight and run in these situations. The overwhelming crime statistics show that victims traveling to another location are attacked and killed. That is why it is so important to always keep your martial arts Training.
Martial arts is a perishable skill that you must continue to practice in order to be at your best. While our school offers numerous advantages through training in martial arts, such as confidence, self-esteem, discipline, the skills of life, the development of leaders and the loss of weight; the essence of martial arts, is able to defend themselves, and defend their loved ones. Go to class and be sure! Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about our martial arts programs and our holiday activities.