Holiday Shopping Safety

The chaos of last minute holiday shopping can put consumers at a greater risk for theft. News 25’s Kendra Turley shares several holiday safety tips to keep in mind while you’re out shopping over the next couple of weeks.
Christmas time is a busy season for many retailers, but it’s also a busy season for thieves looking for easy targets. Holiday shopper Koneshia Lewis said, “I’ve actually seen someone take like a watch container and walk out of Dillard’s with it.”
Holiday thieves use the crowded and hectic atmosphere as a prime time to steal anything from merchandise off of shelves to purses off of shoulders. Just days ago two women stole a purse in the parking lot of a Biloxi Walmart. Lieutenant Christopher De Back with Biloxi PD said, “I’d say around this time it’s more so in the parking lot that we’re seeing things, but there is stuff that is happening in the store.”
Even greater risk can arise from purse snatching, such as identity theft or a stolen vehicle if car keys are inside of the bag at the time. How do you stay clear of this rising crime trend? The best way to avoid being a victim of purse theft is to not carry a purse at all. Officials recommend carrying necessary items such as your card and cash in your pocket instead.
If you must carry a purse, carry it next to your body with the purse flap against you. Holiday shopper Ashlyn Breland said, “I always keep my cross-body. I always usually have it across me and just keep it close by and it’s good. It works out.”
Avoid talking on the phone when walking through parking lots. It could make you seem vulnerable plus your cellphone can be another tempting target.
While you’re out buying that last minute gift or more decorations for the tree, be sure to take the time to slow down and look around.

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