Holiday Safety Tips

The Thanksgiving Turkey has been picked to the bone, and the holiday shopping season has officially begun. 31 Holiday Safety Tips for 2017.
We know the holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Thieves are opportunistic and even worse, this is the time of year when professional criminals work 24 hours a day.
Since there are 31 days in December, here are 31 holiday safety tips from ESS Global Corp.

Holiday Safety Tips 2017

Holiday Safety Tips


  • Holiday Safety Tips - ChildrenChildren are a distraction in the car and at the mall and even more so during the holidays. They are also at a higher risk of being abducted. Child trafficking is rampant in the US.
  • If at all possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk or mall guard and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
  • Never allow small children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
  • Children of any age, should not be allowed to go to the car alone, especially at night.
  • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security guards.


  • Holiday Safety Tips - ATMUse ATM’s that are inside a building or a bank.
  • Shield your PIN when someone is behind you.
  • Only take out exactly what you need. This is not the time of year to walk around with a fistful of cash.
  • Pocket the receipt.

Shopping Malls, Strip Plazas and Box Stores

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with friends or family. There is safety in numbers.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • This is the time of year to stay very alert to your surroundings.Shopping crowd
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home and notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused (check your January statement with a fine toothed comb).
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in Christmas shopping crowds and shopping areas. Purse snatchers love crowds, and mobs of shoppers make their “job” easier than at any other time of year.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con-artists try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. You know the sort of thing: someone tells you a story of despair and asks for your money to help put things right. All too often these are con artist tricks — and they succeed because they sound like they’re real.

Driving and Parking

  • Holiday Safety Tips - ParkingAvoid driving alone especially at night.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lit area. Again, try to go with friends/family.
  • Avoid parking next to vans or any car, truck with tinted/blacked out windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked. This is not the time of year to be walking around a parking lot at night with a purse and presents, searching for your car.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This is catnip for thieves. If you must leave anything in the car, lock it in the trunk or hide it out of sight.
  • Be sure to locate your keys before leaving the mall or store, do not fumble around for them standing beside your car.
  • When approaching your vehicle, be very aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask a mall guard or store security for a quick escort to your vehicle.

Holiday Parties, Family Get-Togethers

  • Holiday Safety Tips- PartiesWhen leaving your home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and/or pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on automatic timers.
  • Leave a radio and some lights on so the house looks and sounds occupied while you are away.
  • Be cautious of posting holiday plans on Social Media.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when you leave as well as when you get home.

ESSLonger nights and shorter days make for extended periods of low light. Anyone, especially a woman, walking through a dark parking garage or mall lot, both arms occupied with shopping bags, makes for a tempting target. Don’t be that target. Stay aware of your surroundings and may you and your family have a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Situational Awareness Training in Clearwater

ESS Global Corporation announces Situational Awareness Training in Clearwater – St Petersburg -Tampa Area on January 28. This 3 hour training is invaluable.

Situational Awareness Training in Clearwater January 28

First, what is Situational Awareness and why does it matter?

Situational Awareness training had it’s roots in the military. From the breadth of the various definitions, it should be clear that situation awareness, as viewed by many working in the area, is a considerably broader concept than that conventionally held by the military community who concentrated on spacial tactical relationships (red team vs blue team).

With all the active shooter events that have occurred over the past couple years, there has been many discussions about related issues ranging from prevention to response. For details on our discussion with the Florida D.O.E., see our Situational Awareness Guide.

The ESS Global Corp Situational Awareness Training in Clearwater/ St Petersburg / Tampa helps individuals and understand human factors, reduce the impact of situational awareness barriers, and improve decision making under stress.

See Something – Say Something

For years, the federal government has been pushing their awareness program, “If you see something, say something.” It’s a great strategy to identify troubling people and situations. But in order for it to work, we need to practice situational awareness, and the reality is we don’t.

How is this happening?

From Colorado to California to Paris, to right here in Florida, there have been mass attacks, not to mention the everyday personal assaults, carjacking and robberies.

Most people have no idea about situational awareness.

It is an unfortunate fact that most people stumble through life, blissfully unaware of the world around them. They remain preoccupied in their own thoughts of work, personal problems or other mundane issues, with no thought given to their immediate environment. But, by not paying attention to their surroundings, they place themselves in needless jeopardy.

What is Situaltional Awareness Training? Fewer trips to the ERTo fully understand this phenomena, go take a seat in the nearest hospital emergency room waiting area one evening. Observe the unfortunate people who come in for treatment and you will begin to understand this point.

You will see that roughly 20% of the individuals are actually sick, so you can ignore them. Some others are overdoses so you can ignore them as well.

The remaining majority are there because they did not pay attention to their environment. These will be the folks who walked off the edge of the loading dock, stepped off roofs, backed into running machinery, touched a red hot stove burner, stepped into the path of a vehicle, or allowed a thug to walk right up to them unnoticed and hit them in the head with a brick, brandished a knife, or worse, pulled out a gun and shot them.

You can be inattentive, and oblivious in your environment day-in and day-out and be lucky, until one day the odds catch up with you and you are injured.

What is Situational Awareness Training? It can save your lifeThe same exact principle applies to the street; individuals, businesses, colleges, churches and more. You can be inattentive and oblivious and get away with it until your path crosses the path of a criminal or intersects with violent situation. The vast majority of criminals are opportunists, who only strike when presented with a viable, easy opportunity.

An “easy mark”.


Remove the opportunity and you remove the risk to yourself.

And That is Why Situation Awareness Training Matters!

Developing awareness is a skill and the ESS Global Situational Awareness Training will give you the skill sets that last a lifetime. At first it will seem very awkward and self-conscious, but with practice, it will become seamless and subconscious. You will start to pick up on more and more subtle rings of disturbance and more complex stimuli from the world around you. Eventually, some people may even think you are psychic as they begin to notice how you seem to sense events before they unfold.

This Situational Awareness Training in Tampa is a 3-4 hour class depending on class size and focus. You will be out in time for lunch, and you’ll be much more aware as well.

This invaluable training is only $75!

Elevate Your Awareness to a Higher Level

The next open enrollment for Situational Awareness Training is Saturday January 28 at 8:00 AM at ESS Global Corp in the Tampa/ Clearwater area.

If your business or organization is interested in an SA training, contact us today.

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