The stores are packed, literally!
Crowds themselves can present their own danger. It’s not uncommon to see people gathered outside a store waiting for the doors to open. A heightened security presence is all well and good and may even help deter the criminal element from victimizing shoppers. However, security guards can do little to stop a surging crowd from causing injury to someone who falls when the doors open.
Pay attention to your surroundings if you find yourself in a crowd outside a store waiting for it to open. If the people behind you tried to rush forward, could you move to safety or are there barriers in the way? Ask yourself what your plan is if the crowd becomes unruly. If you find yourself struggling to answer that question, it’s a strong indicator you should move somewhere else.
Well, at least you’re safe if you shop online instead?
If this all seems like too much risk for not enough reward and you decide to take advantage of some of the deals offered during online sales like Cyber Monday, you still need to be careful. If you don’t keep your credit card information secure you might find yourself the victim of identity theft. When you shop online, use trusted retailers and secure internet connections. Don’t do things like online shopping while you’re sitting in a coffee shop using a public internet connection.
There’s an element of risk in any public activity. If you have a fairly accurate idea of the risks involved in whatever you choose to do and take reasonable precautions to mitigate those risks, chances are you’ll be fine. If you pay just a little bit of extra attention to your environment, are patient with the people around you, and remember that no deal is worth getting in a fight over, you’ll be well on your way to a safer shopping experience this holiday season.
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