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Ask HPD: Holiday Shopping

Q. Safety tips during the holiday shopping season.

The holidays are a busy time of the year and many would say shopping is part of the holiday tradition. However, if you're not prepared, you may become a target for criminals.

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 the keys in the ignition, and do not leave valuables in view.

Hold your items firmly and do not leave them unattended. Also, 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 is to have a plan before hand. Make sure you know what you're purchasing in advance and carry only the amount of cash or credit cards you need.

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