Holiday Shopping Tips

The holiday shopping season is upon us and the Wichita Falls Police Department wants everyone to remain safe.

There are many safety tips that they want to public to know about to reduce the chances of being a crime victim:

• Keep your purse close to your body.

• Avoid talking on cell phones as you walk through malls, parking lots. Phone conversations are a distraction that makes you vulnerable to robbers.

• Don't resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings. Don't chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.

• If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.

• Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

• Do not buy more than you can carry

• If you make a purchase with your credit card, be sure to obtain the carbons or see that they are destroyed in front of you.

• If you are shopping with small children make a plan in case you are separated from each other