Protect yourself against holiday thieves

To avoid becoming a victim of holiday season scams, police offered the following tips:

• Keep purses or bags close to your body, or under a jacket or coat.

• Keep wallets in your front pants pocket or coat breast pocket.

• Shop with friends and make sure one person is keeping an eye on your purses and bags while the other browse.

• Always be alert and walk confidently.

• Be aware of those passing you on a crowded bus, train, sidewalk or in an elevator. Someone who bumps into you could be a pickpocket.

• Do not leave packages or valuables in a car seat visible from outside. Keep them locked in the trunk.

• Do not carry valuables in backpacks, they are easily accessible in crowded spaces.

• Destroy copies of credit card receipts and avoid carrying personal bank information in your wallet.

• Be aware of your belongings while at a restaurant ot hotel lounge. Purses hung on chairs or on the floor are easy targets for thieves.

• If someone does steal something from you, try to get a good look at them and call police immediately.

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