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Dec 01

Holiday Shopping Safety

Posted on December 1, 2022 at 10:26 AM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

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Protect your Personal Items this Holiday Season

It’s fun to go shopping, and getting gifts for family and friends during the holiday season.  But it can quickly turn into a heartbreaking situation when someone steals the items before you can get home to wrap them for gifting.

Too many times we become distracted and are not paying attention to what is going on around us.  We walk around on autopilot, most of the time distracted by our cellphones.  This is exactly what criminals are looking for.

How purse/bag theft occurs

 People have a tendency of placing their purses or bags in the passenger seat of the car while they load purchases into the trunk.  This creates the ideal opportunity for an opportunistic criminal to walk over to your passenger door, open it, and steal your purse or bag.

 Another situation I’ve seen several times is shoppers leaving a purse or bag in the shopping cart while they load their gifts. A thief will then walk or drive up to your cart and grab the bag while your back is turned. Most times they are gone in seconds before your even have a chance to know what’s going on.

Be an alert shopper

So, what can we do.  Pay attention to your surroundings.  Look to see if anyone is following close behind.  If there is, just continue shopping or walking until the suspicious person has moved on.  It may be a coincidence or they may be waiting for you to leave your bag or purchases unattended so they can make away with them. 

When you return to your car, make sure you have your keys ready in hand.  You may place your purse in the car but make sure your lock it while you load your purchases. 

By taking these simple precautions, you will reduce the opportunity of becoming a victim this holiday season.  

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