Caution at these shopping times

While the shopping season for Christmas presents is in full swing, the Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) makes recommendations to avoid the hassle.
The simple gestures can be observed not to be, among others, a victim of theft, reports Isabelle Gendron, spokesman for the SPS.

“The holiday season is a time of sharing and generosity. On the other hand, for others, it’s the perfect time to commit theft or abuse the kindness and sensitivity of people, “she notes.

“The SPS wants to share some tips so this is a good time of year.”

For example, one should avoid leaving shopping in the car during shopping, not to mention locking the doors of the vehicle.

In the shop, check the receipts before signing them, keep them afterwards and beware of prying eyes.

To shop online, one must use passwords that are difficult to decrypt and ensure that the antivirus is up to date.

If a door-to-door salesman comes in, it is better to ask him if he holds a traveling sales permit, because in Sherbrooke the document is mandatory.

If you are away for a few days, precautions must be taken to secure the home, such as pick up the mail, turn on lights and let the radio on, lists Ms. Gendron.

“It’s a good time of year,” she says.

“We thought we were going to be cautious when we received a call from a citizen telling us that she had been dealing with a traveling salesman.”

For more safety tips, visit one of these Édulaloi sites: https://www.educaloi.qc.ca/categories/consumption, Government of Canada, https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca /…/Cb…/eng/04333.html, and ACEF: http://www.acefestrie.ca/.

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