Avoid Extra Travel This Holiday Season with Bail Bonds in Lynwood

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Avoid Extra Travel This Holiday Season with Bail Bonds in Lynwood

Thanksgiving has come and gone and that means everyone can officially begin their Christmas preparations. While this means it is time for a whole lot of decorating, it also means it is time to get the final bits of Christmas shopping done.

While this should be a fun and happy time, there are unfortunately people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers. Anyone looking to do a bit of shopping this holiday season needs to be careful in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime so close to Christmas.

Shopping Safety Tips

While most people love this time of year for all sorts of reason from the weather to getting to spend time with family, thieves have different reasons for enjoying the holiday rush. They love the crowded stores and malls because that provides them with plenty of targets and enough chaos to cover their tracks. That is in addition to the shorter days which provide a lot of darkness for them to lurk in. In order to become a more difficult target and avoid being robbed or attacked while shopping, try following these tips.

  • Always lock doors and roll up windows on cars before going into stores.
  • Avoid talking to strangers. Some con-artists work in groups, one distracts the target while the other strikes.
  • Be aware of surroundings as walking to cars. Thieves like to hide behind larger vehicles, or even under your car.
  • Don’t carry too many bags at once, as this makes a person vulnerable.
  • Don’t dress in fancy or attention grabbing clothes while shopping. This can grab a thief’s attention and attract them to you.
  • Have your keys in your hands and ready to unlock your car before leaving the store. This way there is no fumbling to pull them out at the car itself, which makes a person vulnerable.
  • Hide any presents or other expensive items in the trunk so that lurking thieves cannot see them in the car.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your car, especially at night, ask a security guard or other store employee for an escort.
  • Park in safe areas, preferably under street lights to increase visibility at night. Also try parking close to the storefront to reduce the amount of time spent walking to a car. Avoid parking next to large trucks and vans.
  • Stay alert to what is going on around you.
  • When shopping in the evening or night, always bring a companion with you. There is safety in numbers.
  • Women should not carry purses with them, as these are easier targets for pickpockets. Try to stick to carrying only a single credit/debit card while shopping. This way, no cash can be stolen and only one card has to be canceled if taken.

Online Shopping Safety Tips

With advances in technology, online shopping has become a very large part of the holiday experience. Since online shopping has become so huge, crooks have begun to take advantage of it. In order to avoid falling victim to these people, follow these tips:

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi in general, but never use it when shopping or banking online.
  • Before filling out private information on an online form, investigate the company/website to ensure that it is trustworthy.
  • If you have fallen victim to an online scam, be sure to close the associated credit card immediately.
  • Learn to spot and avoid email and social media scams, which become more prominent this time of year.
  • Never give out social security numbers online. No online store will ever need that information.
  • Never click on links from unknown sources.
  • Only go to trusted websites by entering the address in the address bar. Avoid clicking links because scammers love to make fake links that lead to their own sites.
  • Only shop on trusted websites, preferably with “https” in front of the address. The “s” signifies that the website is secure, thus making it more trustworthy. Most modern browsers now display a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.

Don’t Fall Victim to Crooks

As Christmas draws nearer, more and more people go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are thousands of crooks and other horrible people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers.

So long as a person follows the tips above, they should be able to reduce the chances of getting scammed or robbed this holiday season. Do you have any tips that didn’t make the list above? If so, share them in the comments down below and help out others.


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Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving and all of the holiday’s wonderful food has come and gone and now everyone is getting ready for Christmas. There are all sorts of things to do in order to get ready for the holiday. Primarily, there is all of the shopping. However, just as important to the shopping is the tree itself.

Without a Christmas tree, where would all of the presents be put? No Christmas decorating is complete without a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, with all of the beauty that comes with a Christmas tree, there is a bit of risk involved as well. Christmas trees are very flammable, and they only get worse the longer they are in a home.

Prevent a Fire in Your Home

Christmas trees are a beautiful and central part of Christmas decorating. Pretty much everyone who celebrates the holiday has a tree up in their living room. What type of tree they have is dependent on their preferences. Some people prefer the look and smell of a real tree while others prefer the convenience and safety of a fake tree. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages.

When it comes to real trees, there is always a fire hazard risk. Pine trees are very flammable, thanks to all of the oils in them, and they only get more flammable the drier they become. In order for a person to reduce the risk of their tree catching on fire in their living room, they should follow these tips:

  • Don’t get too big of a tree since a topper and stand will add to the height.
  • Don’t place trees in such a way that they block, or partially block, an exit.
  • Don’t store discarded trees in a garage, shed, or against the house since they are extremely flammable. Look into how your city wants trees to be disposed of, it might have a program.
  • Keep trees well-watered to delay the plant from drying out.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Only buy fresh trees. Trees can be tested by bouncing a tree on its stump and seeing how many leaves fall off the branches. The less that fall off, the better.
  • Only use lights tested and approved by the UL or ETL.
  • Place trees away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, heating vents, candles, and lights.
  • Throw out damaged Christmas lights.
  • Try to position Christmas trees close to an electrical socket to reduce the need for extension cords.
  • Try to use flame retardant decorations on Christmas trees.
  • Turn off Christmas tree lights when not home or when going to bed.
  • When leaves begin falling off rapidly, get rid of the tree immediately.

By following these tips, a person can help prevent a fire from starting in their own living room, which is the last thing anyone wants near the holidays.

Follow These Tips and Be Safe

Christmas is such a fun and magical time of year. Nobody wants this great time to be ruined by having a Christmas tree catching on fire inside their home. Luckily, with the proper care and precautions, a person can avoid having their holiday ruined by a fire.

Do you have any Christmas tree safety tips that didn’t make it onto this list? If so, share them in the comments below and help keep others safe. From everyone here at Absolute Bail Bonds, we hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas!