Florence Co. Sheriff's Office offers holiday shopping tips

Source: Tanger Outlets
Source: Tanger Outlets

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - As thoughts of family, presents, and goodwill fill your heads and hearts, don't forget that everyone might not have your best interest in mind.

Don't let yourself become a victim of theft this Christmas season. Stay safe with some of these Holiday Safety Shopping tips from the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

  • Shop during daylight or in well lighted areas. If you must shop at night, consider taking a friend or family member.
  • Park as close to your shopping destination as you can and take notice of where you park.
  • When leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings and do not leave your vehicle if there are suspicious people around. This also applies when returning to your vehicle.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables visible inside your vehicle. Place them in the trunk.
  • Dress casually and comfortably, but avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings both in the parking lot and inside the store or mall.
  • Ladies,carry your purse close to your side with the opening next to your body.
  • Carry your wallet or cash in a front pocket as opposed to the back pocket.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con-artists will try to distract you by various techniques with the intent of taking your money or belongings. They sometimes work in pairs.
  • When returning to your car, make sure you are not carrying more that you are able to prevent being observant to your surroundings.
  • When returning to your car, have your car keys in your hand and be ready to press the "Panic Button" if needed.
  • "We hope that everyone has a safe, joyous and meaningful Christmas Holiday," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. "Our Deputies will be out in force with both marked and unmarked units to provide a deterrent to crime during Holiday Season."

    Copyright 2013 WMBF News. All rights reserved.