G4S Security Officers Support Retailers during Holiday Shopping Season, Provide Security Tips for Shoppers

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G4S offers these reminders to help you take control of your own safety while you are out looking for that special gift:

“It’s the time of year when criminals are hard at work trying to capitalize on personal safety lapses,” said Chuck Brock, VP of Strategic Account Operations for G4S.

G4S security officers are providing supplemental security to hundreds of retailers across the U.S. as millions of shoppers begin their holiday shopping season.
While G4S officers are mainly providing loss prevention support, they also are assisting shoppers with their personal security concerns.

“Retailers face increased threats from shoplifters at this time of year. It’s also the time of year when criminals are hard at work trying to capitalize on personal safety lapses,” said Chuck Brock, Vice President of Strategic Account Operations for G4S Secure Solutions (USA).

As shoppers are lured to stores with the promise of big bargains and discounts, so too are thieves who want to take advantage of the increased activity and holiday distractions.

G4S offers these reminders to help shoppers enjoy a safe season.

  •     Be alert to surroundings.
  •     Try to keep the number of shopping bags to a minimum. It’s easy to drop or lose sight of bundles in a holiday rush.
  •     Don’t show large sums of cash at the check-out line. It only invites attention.
  •     Never leave credit cards out where others can see the numbers.
  •     Never leave handbags or wallets on a counter or unattended in a shopping cart. Thieves may try to use the opportunity to distract and snatch valuables.
  •     Carry handbags or purses zipped up.
  •     Don’t carry a wallet in an open back pocket.
  •     If shopping at night, try joining friends or family whenever possible. A group walking from the mall into a parking lot deters thieves who may prey upon individual shoppers.
  •     Store gifts in the car trunk and not the back seat where they are visible.
  •     Report any suspicious people or situations to security officers.

G4S officers will remain at well-known retail outlets around the U.S. throughout the holiday season. Remember this simple rule: Think smart and shop smart to stay safe.

About G4S Secure Solutions

G4S Secure Solutions is the nation’s leading security company, providing a wide range of security services and technology solutions. The G4S expertise in analyzing security needs and developing specialized programs enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership for security and related services, and focus on quality improvement and risk reduction. For more information visit: http://www.g4s.com/us
About G4S

G4S is the world’s leading secure outsourcing group, specializing in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat. G4S is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen. G4S has operations in more than 125 countries and over 657,000 employees. For more information on G4S, visit http://www.g4s.com

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