Chris' Corner: Safe Christmas Shopping tips

Safe Christmas Shopping tips

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping season is fast approaching, the malls seem to be more crowded than normal, even on weekdays (and our neighbours to the south will be kicking off the season with Black Friday).
Crowded Malls
Here are some tips to help you stay safe and to prevent you becoming a victim of crime this Christmas season:

  • If you use cash, obtain your cash from recognized financial institutions and avoid stand alone bank machines (which can be targets of various skimming devices).  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Know how to recognize legal tender (Canadian and American bills have various counterfeiting prevention features).
  • Keep your wallets and purses safely secured at all times.
  • When using credit and debit cards, always protect you PIN and shield entry (from prying eyes and/or surveillance devices).
  • Do not carry large amounts of gifts.  Secure them in your vehicles trunk and place in your home as soon as possible.  Keep them out of plain sight.
  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area.  Always lock your doors.
  • Above all, be aware and trust your instincts.  Report suspicious people, activity or behaviour to mall security, store owners or workers or the police.

In most cases, crime is preventable, be safe and have a Happy and Safe Christmas Shopping season.

Chris Smith CSSBB
          Sales Representative

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Comment balloon 20 commentsChris Smith • November 23 2011 08:20AM


Hi Chris,

Great post and tips!  Wish you and your family happy holidays!

Posted by Lori Gardiner, GRI, SRS, ABR, e-PRO (RE/MAX River's Edge) almost 9 years ago

Hello Chris --- a good list and a very timely reminder.  It might be good to travel in pairs in numbers.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 9 years ago

Thank You Lori, Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and if you go shopping Black Friday, shop safe.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Michael, thank you for the added tip. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Good Morning Chris, thank you for the holiday shopping tips.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving.

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (Rowlett Real Estate School) almost 9 years ago

Great list of tips! Mall security will often accompany you to your car if you feel uncomfortable, people just have to ask!

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Posted by Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty) almost 9 years ago

Chris you couldn't have posted this at a better time! Sometimes with the gift shopping cruising through our brains we get a little sloppy with our normal cautious behaviour.  Just last week a co-worker found a lady going through his car for loose change because they had neglected to lock the doors when leaving!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Captain Wayne, hope you and yours have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Gina, I am a strong proponent of listening to that voice inside of you... If you feel uncomfortable, be careful, ask for help

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy, most of my posts are common knowledge that we sometimes need to be reminded of...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Good evening, Chris. All very good points. I always keep my wallet in my front pocket. Hard to pick...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

 Chris: These are some very good safety tips for folks shopping.  Now we have to worry about someone being able to get your credit card information when your card is being swiped or in your wallet. I think cash is the way to go.

Posted by Carl Winters almost 9 years ago

Excellent tips!  Most are common sense, but that seems to be lacking today.  Thanks for the reminders.


Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) almost 9 years ago

Great advice - thanks for the timely reminders!

Posted by Brett Reichel, MLO 210215 (Homebridge Financial Services) almost 9 years ago

Very good and timely tips. Worthy of several reblogs and you will get one from me on this!

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) almost 9 years ago

Chris:  These are excellent tips and a good reminder that we need to keep alert as we shop during the holiday season.


Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris....Great Advice and a timely post for us all as we approach the Christmas Shopping Season.

Merry Christmas-Fred Carver


Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Good morning Chris;  I'm like Michael comment #11, wallet in front pocket.  Worked for me all my life.  As for shopping?  My wife takes care of that.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -) almost 9 years ago

Chris, it's really too bad that we need to keep a list of these precautions, but great idea to post them.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 9 years ago

These are great tips to prevent becoming a victim Chris! I like a fanny pack for that is close and accessible and stored close to the body.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 9 years ago