Although Cyber Monday has become a day for online shopping, Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is offering some safety tips for those shopping at brick-and-mortar stores during the holiday season.

On the sheriff’s Facebook page, he says when getting into your vehicle you should have your keys in hand on the way to the car, and check your back seat before getting in.  And always lock valuables in the trunk, and don’t leave them in the passenger area.

Other tips:

  • Don’t flash cash – consider a one-time, pre-paid card.
  • Carry your wallet or purse in front of you, close to your body to deter pickpockets.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, ask store security to assist you.
  • If you are shopping with children, make sure they know what to do and where to go if you get separated.

Sheriff Matt Myers Facebook page