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Collier County Sheriff offers holiday shopping safety tips

Posted: 5:45 AM, Nov 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-26 06:57:28-05

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- With the holiday season in full swing, more shoppers will be out and about trying to buy the perfect gift.

In order to keep you safe, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has deputies patrolling the malls and shopping centers for the next month to keep a close eye on things.

The sheriff’s office recommends several tips to keep you safe:

  • Shop during daylight hours when possible. If shopping at night, take a friend or family member and park in a well-lit area.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. They are prime targets in crowded areas. Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money.
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Don’t leave new merchandise, wallets and purses in unattended vehicles.
  • Locate your keys and have them in your hand before you arrive at your car.

CCSO also has helpful tips to stay safe while shopping online this holiday season.