How to Shop Safely and Thwart Crime on Black Friday


If you are among the many shoppers taking advantage of bargains being offered today, Black Friday, Victory State Bank is encouraging you to have fun, spend wisely – and stay safe.


In it's efforts to prevent shoppers from becoming victims of criminals while shopping, Staten Island's only community-based business bank is sharing these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC):


Shopping in Stores


    Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or asking a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.

    Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.

    Don’t flash the cash. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, including at online stores.

    Wait until asked by a cashier before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.


Walking to and From Your Car


    Be informed about your surroundings. Use the free mobile app available from AlertID™ to receive alerts about registered sex offenders living and working in the vicinity of your shopping venue.


    Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.

    Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

    Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.

    Do not leave packages visible in your car. Lock them in the trunk, or if possible, take them directly home.


Shopping With Small Children


    If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.

    Select a central meeting place.

    Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

    Have them memorize or keep your cell phone number handy.

    Keep up-to-date photos and accurate descriptions of each child electronically with AlertID’s My Family Wallet™. Should they go missing, this information can be sent quickly to law enforcement when every moment counts.


Shopping Online


    Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.

    Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.

    Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

    Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.

    Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to bu a new or unfamiliar company.

    To avoid purchasing counterfeit products, carefully examine the products you want to buy for signs of missing information (manufacturing information, warranty, product codes, etc.), broken or missing safety seals, different or incomplete packaging, and subtle or obvious changes to a company logo.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at


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