Hattiesburg Police give holiday shopping safety tips

By Karrie Leggett – email | bio

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM) -  Before you gear up for your holiday retail bliss. There are a few safety tips that Sgt. Alan Murray of the Hattiesburg Police Department wants you to know. The most important thing be aware of your surroundings.

"Be vigilant, very vigilant. Make sure you pay attention to everything that is going on around you. If something doesn't appear to be right it may not be right," said Murray.

And for you ladies out there who can't go out without your large and in some cases outstanding purse, there is a tip just for you.

"If possible if you can downsize from carrying a big purse, and maybe just a debit card or a small wallet to put in your pocket;however, do not leave the purse out in the open. Do not leave it on the floor board. Do not leave it on your seats. Lock it up in the trunk of your vehicle, and I wouldn't do that to where someone is paying attention to you and watching you do it," said Murray.

Someone could also watch you as you go to your car in between stores. This could increase the chances of someone breaking into your car.

"If you get through shopping and you want to go shopping somewhere else go ahead and go home. No multiple trips to your car, because that first trip could be very detrimental and go against your shopping and safety as well," said Murray.

Finally, always use the buddy system.

"Always safety in numbers. Have someone else around to watch your back and you do the same for them," said Murray.

Murray also advises the public to be alert when visiting the ATM. Drivers should never put there car in park at ATM's. Always keep your foot on the brake.

Online shoppers should be aware of confirmation e-mails that claim they need your personal information more than once.

Following these tips can help you have a happy holiday season.

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