Be aware that thieves and pick pockets also do some of their biggest business during the Holidays. Ladies, don't dangle your handbag from your shoulder. You are creating a perfect set-up for a purse-snatcher. Instead, keep your purse tucked tightly under your arm.
Place your credit cards, checkbook or cash in your front pockets. Avoid carrying these items all together in one wallet or purse. If the thief gets the whole package together, they can cash checks with your identification and run up a large credit card bill in a short amount of time.
If you go to an automatic teller machine (ATM), try to go during daylight hours. If you must go at night, pick a machine that is well-lighted and visible to passing traffic or inside a grocery or convenience store. Whenever you go, be aware of your surroundings, including people around the machine. If anyone is lurking near the machine, pass it up and find another.
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