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Shoppers Need To Be Aware Of More Than Just Store Sales

Posted December 3, 1999

— With less than 30 days until Christmas, the mad dash is on to get those last minute gifts. As shoppers rush to the store, criminals are finding opportunity.

As shoppers stroll inside the mall, they are loaded down with bags of gifts. Those shoppers are giving thieves the gift of opportunity.

A bag left alone in the food court or a purse sitting on a chair unattended can give a thief the perfect opportunity to spoil Christmas.

Durham police officer Alonzo Janes says police and security officers are looking out for shoppers at South Square Mall, but shoppers need to look out for themselves.

"Be aware of your surroundings," Janes said.

Here are some other tips to make sure thieves do not target you.

  • Keep your purse or wallet close to your body. Keep shopping bags in your hands. Do not count money at the atm. Do not let your children wander away. If the children are not old enough to walk around the mall alone, parents should either hold their hand or constantly keep an eye on them.

    One additional tip: do not leave packages inside the car where a thief could see them. The safest place to keep packages is the trunk of the car.

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