Black Friday Safety!

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It is just hours to countdown of the Black Friday Madness!  It is evident that there are two kinds of individuals in the world. Those who love to brave the Black Friday crowds, long lines, and pull an all-nighter in search of the best deal… and those who won’t go within a mile of the mall the day after Thanksgiving.

If you are one that enjoys Black Friday shopping, Winston Medical Center wants to share with you some thoughtful planning and a few precautions that can make your day more productive, safe, and most of all, fun.

Here are a few tips for in-store Black Friday shopping:

  • Park near a light.  We recommend a spot where you can see and be seen (not next to a large van or truck).
  • Lock your items in the trunk. If people don’t see shopping bags, they probably won’t see a reason to break in.
  • Use the buddy system. As with anything, there’s safety in numbers.
  • Use a crossbody purse or one you can keep in your pocket.  Don’t make it easy for purse snatchers.
  • Shop with a single credit card. Keep only one credit card in your wallet, just in case it’s lost or stolen.
  • Avoid ATMs. If you can’t, at least choose one that is well lit. Shield your PIN as you key it in, and don’t leave behind receipts that may contain personal information.
  • Take precautions in the parking lot. Before you get in your car, look in it and under it. It pays to play it safe

    Or, if you prefer to shop online:

  • Shop on secure sites. Before you make any purchases, be sure the website has a closed padlock in the browser bar or a URL beginning with “https.”
  • Use one credit card for all online purchases. Then, if a card is compromised, you have only have to make one cancellation call.
  • Shop familiar brands and steer clear of “too good to be true” deals. Scammers are out in full force during the holiday shopping period.
  • Already finished shopping? One last tip for you: As you wrap gifts to set out and enjoy, consider how visible they are from windows and doors. That gorgeous display of generosity might invite holiday visitors who are not so welcome.