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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips
Here are some general personal protection tips.

  • Avoid shopping alone. Use the buddy system whenever possible.
  • Shop before dark and always park in well-lighted areas.
  • Use waist-pack carriers instead of purses.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked in your vehicle and home.
  • Do not keep packages in plain view in your vehicle or home.
  • Do not count cash in open areas, especially after leaving an ATM machine.
  • Keep your address and home phone number private. When stores request a phone number, give only your work number.
  • After making a credit card purchase, request the carbon copy and destroy it in private.
  • Have keys in hand before returning to the vehicle.
  • As you approach the car, check to see if anyone is hiding underneath or inside.
At Home (or your Apartment)
  • Never let strangers inside your residence!
  • Keep your garage door closed to prevent thefts.
  • When going out for the evening, turn on lights, a radio, or television to make your home or apartment appear occupied.
  • If you plan to be out of town for a few days, purchase an automatic timer for lights.
  • Have a trusted neighbor watch your home and pick up your mail and newspapers. Ask them to park a vehicle in your driveway.
  • Immediately after the holidays, mark new purchases and gifts with your driver's license number. You can check out an engraver from a neighborhood fire station or the Crime Prevention Unit of the Arlington Police Department.
On the Computer
  • Shop only from well-established and reputable companies. Avoid auction sites if you do not feel comfortable buying or bidding.
  • Before you give your credit card information, take note of the icons that indicate that security software is in place to secure your purchase.
  • Print out and date a copy of all terms, conditions, warranties, item description, company information and confirming e-mails. Save this information as a record of your purchase.
  • Avoid computer viruses and unwanted access to your information by not accepting e-mail from people you do not know.
For more information, call 817-459-5725.

Remain alert and report suspicious activity through the use of 911.
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