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.
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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