SAFE HOL­I­DAY SHOP­PING TIPS

The Covington News - - Local news -

• Be aware. Con­tact au­thor­i­ties or ask a store em­ployee to walk you to your car if needed. • Keep valu­ables hid­den out of sight in your ve­hi­cle. This in­cludes GPS, lap­tops, cell phones and purses, as well as pack­ages re­cently pur­chased. • When shop­ping, keep purses closed so that wal­lets are not eas­ily snatched. • Keep car doors locked. • Be aware of strangers. This time of year thieves may try a va­ri­ety of ways to dis­tract you with the in­ten­tion of tak­ing money or be­long­ings. • Watch pur­chases while eat­ing in mall food courts; bags can be eas­ily switched or taken. • Have your keys in hand when leav­ing the store. When in doubt call 911 of­fi­cers would rather re­spond and there be noth­ing wrong then have some­one wait un­til a crime has oc­curred.

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