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Shopping Safety

Shopping Security Tips From Overton Security

Helping you stay protected.


You can easily become distracted while engaging in America’s favorite pastime. This distraction is exactly what criminals are looking for.  Your safety and security are important to us. Please assist Overton Security in helping you take charge of your security by following our security and safety tips while shopping.

All retail centers have parking lots, and this is where most crimes are committed. The best defense is always staying alert to your surroundings.

  • Do not leave your vehicle windows open, even in hot weather. Lock your vehicle with the key, and make sure all doors are locked and windows are up. Put your key in a pocket, not your purse, and take special note of where you parked.
  • Avoid parking your vehicle in unlit, isolated areas, and stay in view of other shoppers leaving or returning to their vehicles; the closer, the better. Carry a small siren, whistle, or pepper spray on the master key ring and have your key out and ready. Your key ring can also serve as a weapon.
  • Keep your shopping bags in sight at all times, and don’t burden yourself with too many bags or packages. Shop with friends or family when possible, walk with confidence, and always be alert.
  • Avoid putting purchased items in your trunk and returning to the mall; thieves will sit in parking lots looking for this opportunity.
  • Always keep your purse as close to you as possible, do not leave it on a counter, on a restroom floor or in a dressing room.
  • If you see suspicious persons or vehicles hanging around the area that are out of place or don’t seem to have a purpose, go to the nearest store and have them contact security.
  • Avoid carrying your wallet in your purse or back pocket. Keep it safe in an inside pocket if possible, and do not carry your social security card on your person.
  • Know the make and model of your vehicle and most important write down your license plate number and keep it with you.
  • Do not display large amounts of cash, use checks or credit cards to buy high ticket items whenever possible. Never leave your credit card on a store counter, hand it to the clerk and take it from the clerk. It is also advisable to require your Drivers License as an ID before using your credit or ATM cards.
  • If you are parked in an isolated area and see nobody else around and feel uncomfortable go back into the mall and ask that mall security escort you to your vehicle.
  • If you have vehicle problems, lock yourself in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call for assistance, or return to the mall and notify security.
  • If you purchase a gift card watch the transaction carefully, if suspicious, go to another register in the same store and re-check the balance.

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