Whether you're holiday shopping offline or online (or a little of both), keeping yourself and your personal information safe is important. Here are a few easy-to-follow holiday shopping safety tips:
Try to park in a well-lit area near your destination. When you return to your vehicle, have your keys ready and lock your doors once inside. When you're out of the car, don't leave purchases out in the open where criminals can see them.
All it takes is a little extra attention to keep your whole family safe during the holidays. Let us help protect you too. Contact a local agent to find out about Allstate's auto insurance options or get a no-obligation quote.
During the holidays, crowded shopping centers and parking lots can be prime locations for thieves looking to take advantage of distracted shoppers. So stay aware of your surroundings while shopping. Overloading your arms with packages can limit your visibility and motion, making you an easier target for would-be thieves.
It's important to remember that your purchases are protected by your homeowners (or renters) policy until the moment you give them. But the same can't always be said for the gifts you receive. If you're expecting big-ticket items like jewelry or appliances this holiday season, consider talking with a local Allstate agent to make sure your "best stuff" is safe and protected.
Only enter personal information on secure servers - web address beginning with "https" and featuring a padlock symbol in the status bar. Never enter your drivers license or Social Security Number online (neither is typically required to make a purchase). Experts also warn that debit cards may not come with the same fraud protection as credit cards, so try to avoid using them for online purchases whenever possible. Bottom line: if you're not sure, pick up the phone and call the merchant instead.
By following a few simple holiday shopping safety tips this season, you'll go a long way toward making sure your whole family is protected. We can help too. Take a few minutes to get a get a no-obligation quote or completely anonymous ballpark estimate.
If you're already an Allstate customer with questions about your coverage levels, please contact your agent or call us at 1-800-ALLSTATE (1-800-255-7828).