Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Black Friday Shoppers Beware - Don't let a Thief STEAL Your DEAL
BPD wants to urge holiday shoppers to lock their vehicles and secure gifts and valuables OUT OF SIGHT. When shopping, park in well-lit areas and don't store a spare key in your car.
Remember - Thieves are on the lookout for a different kind of deal on Black Friday
• Valuables left in plain sight in a vehicle
• Purses/wallets/keys left alone is shopping carts
• Unlocked vehicles
If you observe suspicious activity, please call BPD's non-emergency # at (309)-820-8888. Please call 911 for any immediate public safety threats.
Here are some simple cybersecurity tips can help protect your personal information and transactions on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season:
• Use a credit card. There are laws that limit your liability for fraudulent credit card charges. You may not have the same level of protection when using a debit card.
• Connect with care. Avoid doing any online shopping on unsecure wireless networks, such as places with public and free Wi-Fi. Do your online shopping at home, and make sure your home wireless network is password protected.
• Confirm the security of your online purchases. Shoppers should always look in the address box for the "s" in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the "lock" symbol before paying.
• Be cautious online. Do not click on suspicious links or download items from unknown sources.
• Set strong passwords. Make sure your passwords are complex and unique to each account.
• Don’t believe everything you see. While many retailers are offering great deals on Cyber Monday, there will also be deals that are just too good to be true. Before you buy that new tablet for only $50, be sure to shop only on the websites of trusted retailers, and avoid shopping through pop-up ads or unfamiliar websites.
• Check your statements. Check your purchase records against your credit card and bank statements. If there are differences, report them immediately.