Festive Shop Safety Use cash machines in well lit, non-secluded areas and stay alert. Check the machine hasn’t been tampered with, hide your PIN, be aware of who’s behind you and keep your cash out of view. When you’re out Christmas shopping, you might not realise how much all the presents you’re carrying around are worth – look after your shopping bags and don’t leave them out of your view. If you’re driving to the shops, park your car in a busy, well-lit area. Don’t keep any presents in the car for longer than you have to and always keep them out of view. Ensure your bag is closed and your purse or wallet is not easily accessible when not being used. Online Safety Think before you post photos of your Christmas night out online. What may seem funny in private could embarrass or humiliate someone in public. If in doubt, don’t click. Remember, what goes online stays online! When shopping online, make sure your web browser and internet security is up to date. Check the website payment page is secure and look for the padlock in the address line before you enter any card details. If you’re buying your child a mobile phone or tablet for Christmas, think about how you can keep them safe online. If you are away from home over the Festive Period or even just out and about, be careful about what you say on social networking sites – don’t let thieves know your house will be empty.