PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
November 21, 2005
Subject: Safety Tips During The Holiday Shopping Season
The holiday shopping season is a season of opportunity for pickpockets and other opportunist criminals. There are ways to help prevent becoming a victim. The best protection is to remove the possibility of becoming a victim. Remove identification and credit cards you don’t normally use and leave them securely at home. Never carry more money or credit cards than you need on a particular day. If you must carry a large amount of cash, divide the amount among several pockets.
Tips for men:
- Pickpockets target areas are the back trouser pockets and suit/sports cost pockets, both the inside and outside pockets. Generally, pickpockets avoid the front pockets or buttoned or zippered pockets.
- Never pat your pocket to ascertain if your wallet is there. Such action indicates to the pickpocket the location of your valuables.
Tips for women:
- Don’t carry your wallet in your purse.
- Use a purse that is difficult to open and closed properly when you want to close it.
- If you use a shoulder bag, placed the strap diagonally across your body to keep the purse in front of you instead of at your side or behind you.
General prevention tips:
- Be alert as to the people around you.
- Avoid displaying money or valuables in public. Don’t carry valuables in a backpack. Anyone can reach into a backpack without your seeing or feeling. Wear fanny-backs in front of you.
- Don’t leave your wallets or purses unattended on counters or dressing rooms.
For additional safety information during the holiday season, please access the SFPD’s Web site, sfgov.org/police for the SF SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) holiday safety brochure. You may also access the SAFE Web site, www.sfsafe.org, for additional safety information.
For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant Kenwade Lee
SFPD Fraud Unit
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229