Here are five quick tips to staying safe and protecting your belongings while hitting the crowded malls and department shopping stores.
1. Situational awareness. Be aware of those around you. Put down your phone, keep an eye on other shoppers, watch your 3 o'clock, 9 o'clock and even your 6 o'clock. (Can you tell I'm the daughter of a pilot?). Don't be so focused on your shopping that you miss the pick-pocket that "accidentally" brushed up against you.