Alton, IL

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Story by WBGZ Radio

Christmas shopping will be shifting into high gear for many in a couple of weeks, including crooks that are well aware that consumers may let their guard down as they go from store to store. Local police are warning you to be alert and not present yourself as a target either in person or on line.

One of the biggest things you can do as a shopper, according to Madison County Sheriff John Lakin, is to be aware of your surroundings

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Lakin says try to avoid going to your car to drop off packages then return to do more shopping. Instead, take your packages to your car then drive away and park in another part of the lot in case you are being watched. And if you are shopping online, try to make sure any packages that are delivered are left outside for as little time as possible.

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