JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Along with the holiday season often comes the task of shopping for many people.
However, shoppers could also be an easy target for criminals if a shopper neglects key safety tips.
According to Paul Holmes, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, common sense is key to avoiding being targeted this holiday season.
He says paying attention to your surroundings is imperative.
"That phone can wait, it takes the focus away from your task at hand," said Holmes.
He suggests parking in a well-lit area if you're shopping at night, and go shopping with another person if you can.
"If you have valuables in your car, please take them out." said Holmes.
He says if you have valuables on your person you should be aware of the risk.
"Keep a good grip on your purse or your wallet, don't leave it unattended in a shopping cart, that's an invitation for theft," said Holmes.
He also says if you feel uncomfortable leaving a store, you should go back inside and ask for a security officer if one is available.
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