LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - There's just over 30 days until Christmas, most people are already in the spirit of giving, but it is very important that you be safe while you are out shopping.
Laurel Police Captain, Shane Valentine, said this is a busy time of year for everyone, including thieves.
Valentine said when going out for a day shopping make sure you always secure your home when you leave, and when you make it to the store lock your car doors. Valentine said, never leave your purse, packages, or any merchandise visible and try to avoid shopping alone.
He said if you see anything unusual report it immediately.