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Tips on How to Stay Safe During the Holidays

For many people, the holidays are a wonderful time of year, but unfortunately there are people who choose to prey on distracted shoppers.
For many people, the holidays are a wonderful time of year, but unfortunately there are people who choose to prey on distracted shoppers.

In fact, just this weekend a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an upscale mall in New Jersey after Christmas shopping with his wife.

WFFT's Brooke Welch has some tips for you to ensure you have a happy and safe holiday.

"#1 in general, criminals are lazy, so let's not make it easy for them."

How can you make yourself less likely to be targeted?  Indiana State Police Sergeant Ron Galaviz has some suggestions...

"Hide your packages, hide the things you've shopped and worked hard for.  If you're going to be going from store to store, put those things in the trunk."

Even if you can afford a home security system, there are also some ways you can protect your home.

"Keeping lights and other things on timers.  If your house looks like it's being inhabited, chances are someone is going to go onto the next one that is not."

Also be careful what you pose on social media sites.

"Don't advertise to the entire world that you're going to be going away and leaving your house vacant for even a day."

Be aware of your surroundings in a store parking lot.  Notify an employee if you see anyone acting suspicious.  If a fire alarm sounds, leave your shopping car and evacuate the building.  When away from home, make sure you put your newspaper and mail on hold and create an up to date home inventory list.

The main message from Galaviz, if you make it harder for a criminal, the less likely you are to become a victim. So follow his advice and enjoy a great holiday season.
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