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~ Safety & Security at
Craft Shows, Fairs
doesn't take much effort, just a higher level of awareness to ensure
your safety on the road and at shows. The following pointers should
become part of your show routine.
day before a show, and again before you leave , do a quick
walk-around your car: check your tires and make
sure there is no puddle of liquid under the car. You can avoid a lot of
grief by repairing or replacing tires and taking care of other problems so you won't be stranded by an avoidable repair problem.
the show, park near a light
. It's not
dark when you arrive, but at the end of the day, you will be safer
packing and loading in a well-lit area.
Try not to be the
last person out of the building at the end of the show.
a fanny pack ,
- in front of you, as a belly-bag, low and loose. As
the day progresses, remove your checks, charges, and large bills from
your cash box and put them in your belly-bag.
latch your cash box. One
of the tricks that thieves use, especially at outdoor
shows, is to reach over, grab the cash box, and run. If the
box isn't latched, it will open and dump the contents onto the floor.
(There shouldn't be very much in it at any time, -$50 worth of singles
and fives and change. The rest should tucked away on your person.)
Don't put all
your eggs in one basket .
Even a fanny pack can disappear
when an experienced pickpocket slices through the belt with a utility
knife. Use an alternative storage place, inside your clothing. Several
models of 'undercover security wallets' are
available from many sources, including TravelSmith (1-800-950-1500
www.travelsmith.com. It takes only a minute to transfer part of the
money from your pack to your undercover wallet.
At restaurants or
gas stations don't
discuss the show and how busy you were. People will overhear you and
imagine you are carrying tons of cash. You may as well be carrying a
sign that says, "Mug
rid of your show
Put it in your pocket when you leave the show. Most
people forget about
their badge, and it's a little badge that advertises the money you are
carrying. Put it out of sight!
you stay at a motel,
leave the TV or radio on while you are out of the room. Leave
a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door so it looks as
if someone is in the room at all times, especially if you store your
extra inventory there.
Set up your
booth with secure
no one can come into your private space. Make sure valuables are
stashed out of reach and out of sight.
leave your neighbor to
watch your cash. Remove cash
and checks from your cash box when you leave your space. He
will probably be willing to watch your booth while you are
if he gets busy, he may be unable to give your booth much attention.
You will both feel better if you have your money with you.
though it's a secure space, when you leave your booth
your most valuable pieces
, and cover the rest of your
merchandise with sheets or large covers. Next morning, arrive
early as soon as the doors open. In your car:
flashlight with new batteries.
new can of Fix-A-Flat, (it goes hard after a year or two).
for phone calls and tolls. Maps.
3x5 card with written directions to and from the location
and paper. Cell phone if possible.
a blanket in the car for winter traveling, in case you are
a back road.
winter, don't let your gas tank go below half full; the
larger the air
space in your tank, the more likely your gas-line will freeze.
Pour a can of dry gas into your tank with each fill-up when the
weather's below freezing.
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