Mall safety tips
If you use pockets, place your checkbook, cash, or credit cards in your front pockets. Only bring one or two credit cards and a limited amount of cash with you.
Spread your money around in different pockets. That way a pickpocket can't clean you out in one fell swoop.
Avoid carrying your checkbook, cash, and credit cards all together in one wallet, because a thief who gets the whole package together can cash checks with your identification and run up a large credit card bill in a short amount of time. Keep your keys separate, too.
Don't "flash" large rolls of money in public. You never know who's watching!
Check to see you've been given back your card once you've paid for what you bought.
Watch your credit card slip being filled out - and make sure it's not passed through the machine more than once. Ask for your carbons.
Destroy the carbons, but keep your credit card receipts and check them against monthly bills.
Make a list of your major credit cards, their account numbers and the phone numbers to call if cards are lost. Keep this list at home.
If you're not sure a shopping bag will be available, take one of your own to the mall.
Bring a babysitter, friend or older child to help watch your youngest, especially when waiting in long lines.
Teach your son or daughter what to do in the event you get separated. The best option is to instruct your child to look for a security guard or police officer, or go to the customer service desk where people are trained to help.