El Paso Police Offer Safe Shopping Tips


POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:15pm

EL PASO- People are already lined up outside a few retail stores in El Paso on Wednesday night, and come Friday morning it will be hard just to find a parking spot.

Just remember that while you shop, you might be shadowed by a thief who wants to rip your stuff.

Many of the tips from The El Paso Police Department might seem like common sense, but nonetheless every holiday season thieves are successful getting their hands on your items.

Shoppers will soon be hustling and bustling through the malls, but police are warning you now thieves are also around hustling.

Darrel Petry with The El Paso Police Department says with the holiday shopping season just hours away, there are some simple things you can do to help keep your purchases in your car and out of the hands of thieves.

Never shop alone and park your vehicle in well-lit areas.

"Of course we know for the most part, many of our retail stores have very good lighting, but there are some places that are better for lighting than others,” said Petry.

Police also say as you are taking your purchases in and out of stores, it's important to keep them out of site from criminals just looking for an opportunity.

"My car has a shade that I can cover packages with, so it's always up under if I know that I'm going shopping for a lot of stuff I will make sure,” said shopper Heather Grant.

Police also say women should keep a close eye on their purses.

"When I'm pushing the cart, I have the handle of my purse in my hand while I'm pushing the cart. If I walk away from my cart, I have my purse with me at all times,” said Grant.

Shoppers should also be extra vigilant for any suspicious activity when entering a store.

“If you see something that looks suspicious, you need to either report that or you need to get back in your car, and lock you door, and lock yourself inside until you can determine whether that it looks like a dangerous situation or not,” said Petry.




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