The holiday season is upon us and with it bring family, friends, and most importantly presents. Whether you are down on Michigan Avenue, hitting the boutiques on Taylor Street, or finding the best deal on the internet from the comfort of your own home, shopping has a few inherent risks that you may not know about, so here are a few tips that will make this season great.
It goes without saying, but always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are. Crooks love to see shoppers focused on the best deals or the best windows along State Street because it affords them the best chance at your purse, wallet, or shopping bags. These types of criminals often work in teams, so keep an eye out, because they are often easy to spot. (while everyone is looking at the Marshall Fields windows or the street performer playing Here Comes Santa Claus, they are looking at you and your shopping bags) Enjoy your time shopping this holiday season and if someone or something seems off, let a police officer or security guard know about it.
Once you find that great deal online or the store offers to ship the item to your house, be sure to ask the delivery service to require a signature upon delivery. Far too often, packages are stolen from in front of your door or from inside the mail room. Get to know your letter carrier or delivery driver, tell them you have a package coming and could he or she ensure they drop the package off personally or allow you to pick it right up from their facility. (UPS is right off Roosevelt and your local Post Office is never far away) Requiring this simple step will save the headache of replacing the missing package and potentially costing you double when the item is replaced. Also, never allow anyone you don’t know into your building, they may be there to steal packages from your neighbors… or worse! Like when you are out shopping, be aware of your surroundings and report anything unusual to the police.
I hope these tips were helpful for you and your family this holiday season. No matter which holiday you call your own, I hope it is memorable, safe, and that you get exactly what you asked for… even if you asked for a pony.