hanksgiving has come and gone and that means everyone can officially begin their Christmas preparations. While this means it is time for a whole lot of decorating, it also means it is time to get the final bits of Christmas shopping done.
While this should be a fun and happy time, there are unfortunately people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers. Anyone looking to do a bit of shopping this holiday season needs to be careful in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime so close to Christmas.
Shopping Safety Tips
While most people love this time of year for all sorts of reason from the weather to getting to spend time with family, thieves have different reasons for enjoying the holiday rush. They love the crowded stores and malls because that provides them with plenty of targets and enough chaos to cover their tracks. That is in addition to the shorter days which provide a lot of darkness for them to lurk in. In order to become a more difficult target and avoid being robbed or attacked while shopping, try following these tips.
- Always lock doors and roll up windows on cars before going into stores.
- Avoid talking to strangers. Some con-artists work in groups, one distracts the target while the other strikes.
- Be aware of surroundings as walking to cars. Thieves like to hide behind larger vehicles, or even under your car.
- Don’t carry too many bags at once, as this makes a person vulnerable.
- Don’t dress in fancy or attention grabbing clothes while shopping. This can grab a thief’s attention and attract them to you.
- Have your keys in your hands and ready to unlock your car before leaving the store. This way there is no fumbling to pull them out at the car itself, which makes a person vulnerable.
- Hide any presents or other expensive items in the trunk so that lurking thieves cannot see them in the car.
- If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your car, especially at night, ask a security guard or other store employee for an escort.
- Park in safe areas, preferably under street lights to increase visibility at night. Also try parking close to the storefront to reduce the amount of time spent walking to a car. Avoid parking next to large trucks and vans.
- Stay alert to what is going on around you.
- When shopping in the evening or night, always bring a companion with you. There is safety in numbers.
- Women should not carry purses with them, as these are easier targets for pickpockets. Try to stick to carrying only a single credit/debit card while shopping. This way, no cash can be stolen and only one card has to be canceled if taken.
Online Shopping Safety Tips
With advances in technology, online shopping has become a very large part of the holiday experience. Since online shopping has become so huge, crooks have begun to take advantage of it. In order to avoid falling victim to these people, follow these tips:
- Avoid using public Wi-Fi in general, but never use it when shopping or banking online.
- Before filling out private information on an online form, investigate the company/website to ensure that it is trustworthy.
- If you have fallen victim to an online scam, be sure to close the associated credit card immediately.
- Learn to spot and avoid email and social media scams, which become more prominent this time of year.
- Never give out social security numbers online. No online store will ever need that information.
- Never click on links from unknown sources.
- Only go to trusted websites by entering the address in the address bar. Avoid clicking links because scammers love to make fake links that lead to their own sites.
- Only shop on trusted websites, preferably with “https” in front of the address. The “s” signifies that the website is secure, thus making it more trustworthy. Most modern browsers now display a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.
Don’t Fall Victim to Crooks
As Christmas draws nearer, more and more people go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are thousands of crooks and other horrible people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers.
So long as a person follows the tips above, they should be able to reduce the chances of getting scammed or robbed this holiday season. Do you have any tips that didn’t make the list above? If so, share them in the comments down below and help out others.
When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, most people have a lot of questions. Here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, we have heard, and answered, all sorts of questions. The part of bail that causes the most concern amongst our clients, is paying for it. People have a lot of questions relating to paying for a bail bond, and so we’ve compiled a list of those questions, and their answers, to make things easier for you.
- How much does a bail bond cost? How much a bail bond costs is dependent on how much your loved one’s bail is set at. Our bail bonds cost 10% of the bail they are for. This means that a $20,000 bail will have a $2,000 bail bond.
- Are there any discounts? Yes, we do offer discounts for qualified clients. If one of the co-signers for the bail bond is a member of the military, a member of AARP, a union member, owns a home, or has a private attorney, then the person can get 20% off the price of the bail bond.
- How do I make payments? We accept a number of different payment options to make paying for the bail bond easier. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, Western Union money transfers, E-checks, and Wells Fargo Business Account deposits. These payments can be made in person, online, over the phone, or even through the mail in some instances.
- How much do I have to pay upfront? That is dependent on how big the bail is, and who the co-signers for the bail bond are. A smaller bail can lead to smaller monthly and down payments. Having good co-signers is another way to shrink the size of the payments.
- How much is interest? 0%. We do not charge interest on our bail bonds.
- Do I need collateral? In most cases, all we need for collateral is the signature of a working co-signer. If we have that, most times we won’t need any other type of collateral.
- What happens if I miss a payment? We understand that life can get difficult at times, and so a missed payment is bound to happen. If you know in advanced that you are going to miss a payment, talk to one of our agents. We will be more than willing to work with you.
Paying for someone’s bail may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. At Riverside Bail Bonds in Corona, we do everything that we can to make paying for the bail bond as easy as possible.
If you have more questions about bail or bail bonds, feel free to get in touch with one of our agents. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and consultations are always free. There is no reason not to talk to one of our professional bail agents.
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In many cities across the state of California, there are restrictions and laws against street side vendors. Many cities, such as Los Angeles, make it a criminal act to sell food without a license, which means any street vendor caught doing so could face jail time. Some people feel that this is too harsh of a punishment, which is why Senator Ricardo Lara has a new proposal aimed at changing that.
Senator Lara’s proposed law would make it so that cities all across the state could not regulate or ban street vendors unless the city has a licensing system in place that meets several requirements that would be set by the state. This new state law would overwrite any city laws and ordinances that do not mesh with it.
Cities would also not be permitted to prevent vendors from selling in parks. Vendors will also not be required to seek permission from brick-and-mortar business owners to sell in front of their stores. Of course, this raises concerns for many brick-and-mortar store owners.
These store owners feel that this law could negatively affect them by allowing street vendors to set up shop wherever they please. They could cause disturbances and block sidewalks, they can create excess litter, and create unfair competition for the store owners.
Many Californians are concerned by the fact that the state is trying to micromanage cities in neighborhoods who may not want street vendors on their sidewalks. While Senator Lara has attempted to remove some of those concerns, he has yet to give all of the details with regards to the bill. Concerned Californians will just have to wait and see how this all turns out.
It’s time to pull out the candies and red hearts because Valentine’s Day is here. Single bodies beware or go into hibernation since ridiculous grand gestures of love are here. Couples, be prepared for the stress that you’re about to endure because all eyes are on you this season. Why do we do this to ourselves every year?
Once upon a time, February was deemed to be the month of romance according to History.com. Long ago during the third century of Rome, when single men made better soldiers and marriage was outlawed for young men, there was a saint named Valentine. He realized that denying two young souls unity in marriage was unjust. Valentine began to wed young couples in secret and until he was caught and sentenced to death.
There is another story containing another Saint Valentine. In this story, Valentine was imprisoned for rescuing Christians from the harsh Roman rule. He supposedly fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. Valentine would write love letters to her signing them, “from your Valentine” coining the popular phrase in our culture today.
Valentine’s Day, according to History.com, has been around for a long time. The holiday merged with a pagan celebration and developed into what we know today.However, some still believe that we actually celebrate it on the day that St. Valentine death, but who is to really know now. As a part of the pagan celebration it was tradition for the single men in town to draw a name and choose the woman that he’d be with for a year. A combination of the two events has transformed into what we all know as Valentine’s Day.
It is the start of a new year, and that means new laws will be going into effect. One such law is California State Assembly Bill 711. This new law will allow alcohol manufacturers and licensed sellers to provide customers with discounted or free transportation through a taxi or other ride sharing service.
The idea behind this new law is to try and reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents that can occur. This will provide people who have consumed alcohol a safe and convenient way to get home. With this new law, bars and alcohol manufacturers will be able to offer vouchers for free, or discounted rides through a local transport service. Examples of these services include taxis, Uber, and Lyft.
Before this law, alcohol manufacturers and providers were not allowed to provide their clients with any sort of reward or incentive to drink their product. Under this new law, these providers will be able to offer vouchers for free or discounted rides home, however, they cannot be offered in a way that forces customers to purchase their product.
California is not the first state to allow alcohol manufacturers to provide this kind of service. There are 44 other states that have enacted a similar law in an attempt to reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents that occur on their roads.