WCSO holiday safety tips

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM.

Beware of Purse Snatchers

Everyone needs to be aware that thieves look forward to holidays as much as everyone else – maybe more so!  Please beware of purse snatchers; women carrying pocketbooks are easy prey. The thieves know that during the holidays, shoppers are distracted and are not as careful as they should be when out.

Here are some things that can be done to thwart the would-be thief:

- Keep your purse close to your body.
- If possible, avoid carrying a large purse when shopping.
- Carry only the credit cards you intend to use, leave the others behind.
- Use check cards or checks to avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Use ATMs wisely. Have the card ready before approaching the machine, and use ATMs in high traffic areas.

Do Your Homework Before Donating To Charity

- Be wary of any organization that sends unsolicited e-mail to ask for donations. Do not open any attachment associated with suspect messages.
- If you want to give, find out how an organization accepts donations.
- For detailed reports that rate charities and tell you how your donations will be used, go to these national charity watchdog resources on the internet: www.give.org, www.charitynavigator.org.  For more information on local charities, contact the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org
- Give to organizations with a history of service and commitment to the community.

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