Holiday Shopping Security Tips

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Updated: 11/29/2013 8:14 pm
Here are some tips for a safe shopping weekend and holiday season. Travel lightly. Take only one credit card with you, that way if your wallet gets stolen, you only have one card to cancel. Also, avoid carrying cash. Be watchful and keep your wallet close by. In crowded areas, it's easy to not pay attention or leave your purse in a shopping cart. Park in a well-lit area, preferably close to the building. Don't walk to your car alone. Lock all purchases in your trunk, or better yet, take them home immediately after shopping. Sgt. Damon McDaniel of the Gulfport Police Department says, “Criminals are using this time not only to shop, but to see what they can steal. And if they can walk by a vehicle and check a door handle just by seeing if it’s unlocked, they’re going to go in your vehicle and no one is going to pay attention to it because they’re just blending into the crowd. Also, when you have little children with you shopping, don’t be so consumed with what you’re looking at that you forget your child and the next thing you know, we're dealing with a possible kidnapping.” Security officers will be patrolling shopping centers over the weekend.

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