Crime Stoppers: Christmas Shopping Safety

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When walking through a parking lot, stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. This applies wherever you are, whether you're just getting to the store or already laden with packages.

Get your keys out before you leave the store. Have them in your hand when you're entering the parking lot, so you don't have to fumble for them, and you can get your purchases in the car quicker.

Avoid overloading yourself with bags. Make several trips back to the store if necessary. That way you can hold on to them tighter, and your vision won't be blocked by packages.

Put your purchases in the trunk, where they can be locked away unseen. Thieves can't steal your merchandise if they don't know it's there.

And as always, if you have any information about any crime, call Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE, or click here to go to their Web site. You could receive up to a $1,000 reward for your anonymous tip.