Public Safety

Online Shopping Safety

As for reducing traffic deaths, there has not been a unified response from authorities. Arizona, Arkansas and Georgia enacted legislation to crack down on street racing. Texas passed a law against “reckless driving exhibition,” or performing stunts and spinning for a crowd of spectators. But other states have loosened their driving laws. In Virginia, drivers can now go up to 85 mph — rather than 80 mph — before being charged with reckless driving. Motorists in Maine convicted of criminal negligence that results in a driving-related death now have their licenses suspended for one year instead of three. And nationwide, more than two dozen traffic safety bills proposed in 2020 and 2021 fell flat. The deaths continue. :: Victor Peterzen was riding the bicycle he had just received for his 10th birthday when he was hit and killed by a Jeep in Houston. Monique Muñoz, 32, died when her car was nearly split in half by another vehicle when its teenage driver barreled through a Los Angeles intersection at more than 100 mph. Diana Granobles, 31, was driving to JFK airport in New York to pick up her husband when a drunk driver crashed into her car, killing her and their 10-year-old daughter, Isabella.

Many people will do more online shopping this holiday season.  Shopping online may be more convenient for some, and others want to avoid shopping at malls and stores as a new COVID variant moves through San Diego County. 

Here are some tips from fraud investigators with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to keep your money safe: 

  • Use one credit card for all online purchases to avoid exposing other cards. 
  • Don’t click on links from unsolicited emails or text messages. Go to the website instead. Do this by searching for the contact information on your own.  Do not use phone numbers of websites provided on the message. 
  • Make sure the website is legitimate and secure. Check for the lock icon in the address bar and make sure the address begins with https. 
  • Update the browser, anti-virus, and malware protection software on your computer. 
  • Don’t shop on public computers. Use a home computer on a secured network or use your phone on a secured Wi-Fi system. 
  • Create a unique password for every online account.  Use at least eight letters and a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. 
  • Do not trust sellers who ask you to pay with a wire transfer, prepaid debit cards, or gift cards. 
  • Only download apps from a trusted app store or online platform. 
  • Monitor your bank statements for unauthorized transactions. 
Chuck Westerheide is a group communications officer with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact