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KSLA News 12 Editorial: Dec. 5th-Shop Safe

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We are in the middle of the holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, it's also a time when shoppers fall victim to smash and grab thieves in parking lots or even in their own driveways.

It's all too easy to become lazy and simply leave our purchases in plain site.

Law enforcement officers have advice on how to protect your valuables and yourself:

  • Don't leave valuables in your car such as purses and wallets, laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks or all those shopping bags with holiday gifts.
  • If you shop in multiple locations, moving packages from plain site is also recommended.
  • As you exit stores, put purchases into your trunk.
  • Park in busy lots and designated spaces near pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • Be alert and stay off of your phone until you're safely inside your car.

Don't let the bad guys ruin your holiday. I'm James Smith.

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