The Law Offices of John J. Finckbeiner Jr.
Call Us for a Consultation

Avoid the dangers of holiday shopping

Increasingly, Louisiana residents, like many people worldwide, are choosing to do their shopping online rather than drive to the nearest mall or outlet stores. However, many of us make an exception as the holidays approach. There's something about the festively-decorated stores and tempting bargains that make dealing with the crowds and the traffic worthwhile.

However, the holidays are also the time of year when thieves and others who don't have the Christmas spirit are out in force. If you haven't been to a shopping center recently, these important safety tips can help keep you from becoming a victim.

Be aware of your surroundings. We're all increasingly used to checking our texts and answering phone calls regularly. Focus on where you are and who's around you, both inside and as you're walking to and from your car.

Don't carry too many bags. The more overloaded you are, the easier it is for someone to take something (or for you to lose it). If you're going to multiple stores, consolidate your purchases into one large bag. Many stores will happily give you one if you buy something. You can also bring a large shopping bag or two of your own -- preferably with sturdy handles.

Don't bring more than you need. Don't carry any more cash or credit cards than necessary. Women should make sure they don't have valuable items in their wallet that they don't need. The same goes for what you're wearing. Leave the expensive jewelry and watch at home.

There are other ways to become a victim than getting robbed or attacked. Stores and shopping centers have a number of safety hazards inside and outside. Escalators can be particularly dangerous when people are careless or distracted. Use the handrails and don't run up or down them like stairs. Leave the high heels and flip-flops at home. Shopping requires sensible footwear.

If you are the victim of a crime or suffer an injury while you're shopping, it's wise to determine whether it could have been avoided if the property owners had taken appropriate precautions. Was there sufficient lighting and security? Was the equipment such as escalators and elevators working properly? If you believe that you may have the right to seek compensation, an experienced Louisiana premises attorney can provide guidance.

Source: MoneyBasicsU, "Safety Reminders: Holiday Shopping at the Mall," Melissa Newton, accessed Oct. 19, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Free Initial Consultation

Call 504-662-1754 to contact either of our two convenient locations in New Orleans or Chalmette for quick, prompt and courteous legal services. Initial consultations are always free because we believe that everyone in Louisiana should have the opportunity to learn more about his or her rights. We are available Monday through Friday during regular business hours, and by appointment on weekends.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Review Us

Chalmette Office
Chalmette Office
2203 Pakenham Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043

Phone: 504-662-1754
Fax: 504-279-5375
Map & Directions

New Orleans Office
French Quarter Office
327 Exchange Place
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-569-0277
Fax: 504-569-0278
Map & Directions