Dec 19, 2009 6:48 PM by John Romero

Shopping Safety Tips

The holidays are here. That means lots of spending, presents and unfortunately car break-ins.
"The breaking into cars does go up this time of year, every year, without fail." explains Sgt. Tim Hogan with CSPD, "We have seen a spike in that and it's something that's just going to happen around Christmas time."

Thieves are combing shopping centers on the lookout for unsuspecting shoppers. When you get your gifts the best bet is take them all out at once. "I know it's a load to carry, but if you could make all of your purchases at one time, then go to the car and move to another location you're probably better off because no one is watching you." says Sgt. Hogan. If that's not an option you want to make your items as invisible in your car as possible. "The trunk is the best place. The second best thing would be to put it on the floor of the back seat and cover it with a blanket so that it's really difficult to look at."

Finally, if you happen to buy that big ticket item you may want to take it home right away. It could save you and your wallet a lot of hassle come Christmas morning. When you're outside always trust your instincts. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Report suspicious activity to mall security or call the police.



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