Black Friday: It's Better to Be Safe than Sorry

posted 11/21/2014 in General

Black Friday comes around every year, and with it come news reports of people being injured or worse during the morning shopping frenzy. When it comes down to it, no shopping trip or present is worth injury or death.

In our last blog post we talked about planning your day if you’re going to be out and about on Black Friday. Today, we want to go over some additional things you need to be thinking about in regards to safety.

Shop with someone else

Whether it’s a friend, sister, brother, aunt or mother-in-law, it’s better to go with one or more people that you know. Not only can you help each other carry gifts from the store to the car, but it also dramatically decreases the risk that you will be targeted by opportunistic thieves.

Keep purchases in your trunk

Leaving recently purchased gifts out in plain view is inviting trouble. While we like to think the best of everyone else, there are people out on Black Friday that are looking to benefit from your mistakes.

Protect your cash and cards

If you’re wearing a purse, have it slung over your shoulder underneath your jacket or coat. You can also keep your cash and cards in an interior pocket of your jacket, away from curious pickpockets.

Park smart

Park in well-lit areas that are near other cars. The more visible you are the better.

Be aware of your surroundings

While you are scouring the shelves, someone else may be watching you. You should also be aware of the other people around you for safety, as bumping or running into someone with a shopping cart can be a painful experience.

Be patient

There are hundreds of other people out doing the same thing as you. By being patient and staying calm, you are staying in control of your emotions, which is always a good thing.

The best Black Friday is one where we all stay as safe as possible while we’re out getting our shopping done. Be sure to keep these tips in mind, and good luck to you in your holiday shopping!

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