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Ask HPD: Holiday Shopping

The holidays are a busy time of the year and many would say that shopping is a big part of the holiday tradition. But if you're not prepared, you may become a target for criminals. We'd like to remind you to follow these simple tips:

-Always be vigilant
-Be aware of your surroundings at all times
-Shop during the daylight hours if you can
-If you have to shop at night, go with a friend or family member
-If you're driving, park close to where you're going and park in a well-lit area
-Lock your vehicle when you're out shopping. Keep your windows rolled up
-Do not leave keys in the ignition and do not leave valuables in view.

After your shopping trip, we also want you to be cautious on the way back to your vehicle.

-Hold your items firmly and do not leave them unattended
-Don't overload yourself with too many packages
-Don't wait until you reach your vehicle to look for your keys. Have them ready in your hand

The best plan to have is to plan ahead.

-Make sure you know what you're purchasing in advance
-Carry only the amount of cash or credit cards you need

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