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Tips to stay safe during your shopping trips

Walking from the mall or the grocery store could be a prime time for a thief to target you. We spoke with a detective about how you can stay safe from the parking lot to the store and back home again.

Detective Michael Mangina says that's the reality shoppers face: crooks waiting for you to buy so they can steal. But there are some things you can do to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

In the store, Mangina suggests carrying wallets in front pockets and keeping purses close to your body.

Mangina also suggests not carrying a lot of cash. Pay with a credit or debit card and keep your receipts. That way when you get your statement, you can make sure there are no fraudulent charges.

If you're shopping at night, it might be a good idea to bring a friend or relative. And always park in a well-lit place.

When you leave the store there are several things you can do to stay safe:

- Have your car keys already in your hand. This keep you from digging around in your pocket or purse when you get to your vehicle. That could give someone a chance to grab your stuff.

- Don't buy more than you can actually carry.

- Put your items into your trunk, not the backseat where valuables can easily be seen.

Whether you're in the store or about to head  home, Mangina says above all else, be alert.

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