Law enforcement offering shopping safety tips

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Local law enforcement officers are hoping you'll keep more than bargain-hunting in mind when you're shopping this holiday season. Officers are urging you to keep safety at the top of your Christmas list when visiting local shopping malls.

And they say the most important thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings.

"The first thing you want to do when you arrive at a location is to make sure your doors are locked," said Sgt. Allen Murray of the Hattiesburg Police Department. "Check your area out before you get out of the car and before you go into the business and when you're coming out of the business, make sure you already have your purse put away as well as your wallet...don't have money hanging out," Murray said.

He also says you should always put your bags in your car's trunk rather than on the seats.

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