Shopping Safety

  • Shop before dark if possible. If you must shop at night, go with someone else.
  • Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Always carry your Michigan Drivers License or Identification Card with you.
  • Even though you’re rushed, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash, and keep it in your front pocket.
  • Pay with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Notify the credit card company if your credit card is lost or stolen.
  • Record your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra cautious if you do carry a wallet or purse.  
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages so you have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. “Con-artists” may try to distract you to take your money or belongings.
  • If you use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location.
  • Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
  • Never stand and count your money.
  • Remember to take your ATM card with you when you are done.