wander off on their own and always accompany them to public restrooms. Have a designated “meet area” in case you get separated. Show children who may be a source of help within the store or mall, such as a law enforcement officer or mall security, in case they get lost. Have children memorize or keep handy your cell phone number, home phone number and address.
Out of store:
• Park as close to the store as possible, in well-lit areas.
• Have your keys in hand as you near your vehicle. Check the back seats and surrounding areas before getting inside the car.
• Do not leave any valuables visible while hopping from store to store. Take them home after buying them or lock them in the trunk.
• Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you feel unsafe, ask mall security/store staff to walk you over to your car.
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