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As the annual holiday retail season prepares to kick off with Black Friday, area law enforcement officials are warning shoppers to be vigilant of would-be thieves and robbers when doing their Christmas shopping.
Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, said thieves will be out and about this holiday season, just waiting to fill their stockings with ill-gotten gains.
“That’s what they look for,” Everett said. “You’re going around and looking for Christmas presents, and they are walking around looking for things to steal. That’s how they have Christmas. Whether it’s your presents or your money, you can kind of look at it as if the thieves are out there shopping. That’s what they do for a living. They steal.”
While these criminals may seem impossible to stop, Everett said there are things you can do to keep you and your vehicle from being a target.
“Don’t put your packages and presents in the back seat of your car without covering them up,” he said. “The best way to discourage criminals is to keep your belongings out of sight and out of mind by putting them in the trunk. If you have to put them in the seat though, be sure to cover them up or obscure them in some way.
“If you put them in the trunk, it makes it a real pain for the thieves to get to them, and they don’t necessarily want to be out there working on your lock in a situation where they can be seen.”
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