How to avoid becoming a victim this shopping season

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by Stephanie Baumer / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 8:37 AM

(KMOV.com) Thieves target malls, stores and parking lots during the holiday shopping season, here are some tips to keep you safe.  

Pay attention to your surroundings regardless of where you are.  

The second tip is to hide whatever you wouldn’t want a criminal to see. Lock any gifts purchased in the trunk of the vehicle.

Another big tip is to hide the title to your car and your insurance card. According to a county sergeant your personal information is on both of those documents which could make you the victim of identity theft.

An officer told News 4 that it does not matter if you use a credit card, debit card, or cash when shopping. Just be sure to keep it in a safe place. 

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