Skimmers, safety, credit card

A motorist inserts his credit card into a pump terminal at a gas station in this file photo.

On the 1st day of Christmas: Prevent auto thefts. Use alarms or steering wheel locks.

On the 2nd day of Christmas: Dress casually and comfortably without flashy jewelry.

On the 3rd day of Christmas: Protect your wallet and identity from holiday scammers.

On the 4th day of Christmas: Avoid leaving your purse or backpack in shopping carts. A thief will distract you while partner removes wallet.

On the 5th day of Christmas: Be careful of package delivery scams and porch thieves.

On the 6th day of Christmas: Use the “buddy system;” shop with friends.

On the 7th day of Christmas: When showing your ID to cashiers, ensure it's not in view of others.

On the 8th day of Christmas: Before donating, research the charity by visiting charitynavigator.org or guidestar.org.

On the 9th day of Christmas: Engrave an ID on electronic gifts.

On the 10th day of Christmas: Be aware of your surroundings.

On the 11th day of Christmas: Be alert to recognize potential threats.

On the 12th day of Christmas: Avoid advertising gifts on trash day. Break down boxes and place them inside the collection bin or in dark trash bags.

—Diane Robinson is a retired 35-year South Bay law enforcement officer and author of "The Unique Triple A Safety Handbook: How to Defend Yourself Without a Fight."

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