New PortaPocket Security Pouches Promote Safe Holiday Shopping on Black Friday & Beyond

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With Black Friday fast approaching and the the holiday season swinging into full gear, many shoppers will be hitting the malls and stores in hopes of finding a treasure trove of values. But before people get caught up in the good deals on the shelves, it is wise to think clearly about the potential risks that one might face and prepare accordingly for a crowded marketplace. Opportunistic theft can be avoided with a little forethought and with the use of PortaPocket, a newly patented strap-onto-the-body carrying case system that keeps valuables close and secure.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season, nobody thinks of becoming a victim. But theft happens with frequency no matter the mood, and shoppers can be finding themselves with a lot less cheer if they end up on a pickpocket's hit list. It's easy to be preoccupied while scoping out that perfect sweater for Aunt Tami or watch for Uncle Lyle, but smart shoppers can be one step ahead of the thieves among us by recognizing this fact and working accordingly.

Recently, Jan A. wrote to the Chicago Tribune's “Answer Angel” with the following request: “I'm hoping you could write a column on security when shopping. Just this past week I was pick-pocketed. I realized it five minutes later. Needless to say, I have been busy filling out reports and replacing cards that were stolen. It's a scary experience, and I want others to avoid it if possible. I hope you can spread the word for others.”

The Identity Theft Resource Center states that the reported numbers of stolen and lost wallets peak in the months of November & December, with identity theft and credit card & debit card fraud being a risk affiliated with the holiday shopping rush. One of the ways to minimize one's risk is to not be the easiest person to steal from in the first place.

Using the PortaPocket system, one can safely, comfortably and discreetly tote valuables around hands-free without worrying about a separate purse or bag to micromanage and have to watch over like a hawk. This lightweight system is versatile to be worn on many different parts of the body, and consists of an adjustable neoprene band/strap along with a selection of detachable, interchangeable pockets. To use, simply wrap the band around the area of choice, insert your items, and you're on your way. Easy to use underneath a skirt or dress while on a thigh, underneath a longer dress, capris or yoga pants while worn just above a calf, and under slacks or jeans while wrapped around an ankle. It also can be used on the arm or at the waist, as desired. The streamlined components are simple to conceal under the clothing without added bulk, and are soft and comfortable for extended wear.

Pocket sizes fit small valuables like ID, cash, credit and debit cards, keys, cell phones (including iTouch, BlackBerry & Droid), iPods, small cameras, passports, and more. They're also helpful to have such essentials like lipstick, tampons, inhalers, insulin pumps, and EpiPens handily available.

People who have battled these types of shoppers' challenges are evident on today's social media:
LilPecan via YouTube says: “I don't have to worry about my credit cards or cash being stolen when I am in a crowd and it doesn't bulge like when I used to carry cash in my bra. I don't know how I lived without this before...”
TrishwaH via twitter adds about her shopping experience, “went in a skirt so had my cards/cash strapped to upper leg. So convenient. No need to fish around for wallet at register.”
and another twitterer Tips4Trips writes ”def going 2 check out ur pockets. Hubby was pickpocketed...”
Something to think about. After all, thieves don't take a holiday.

PortaPocket kits range from $8.95 to $24.95 and are available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dsporting&field-keywords=portapocket&x=0&y=0, at select retailers (including Walgreens in Chicago at 30 N. Michigan Ave, 757 N. Michigan, or 191 N. Clark Street; at CVS in Chicagoland at 20 E Dundee in Buffalo Grove, and 520 N. Western in Lake Forest) and via http://www.portapocket.com. For further information, call Undercover Solutions, LLC at 847-809-3408

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