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Don't be a target when you're shopping

Both police and store security are warning men and women alike to be more aware of thieves while you're shopping. The bad guys are using some old and new tricks to rip you off.

According to authorities, shoppers are most often attacked when they are moving from their car to the store or vice-versa. Shoppers are encouraged to put the cell phone away, refrain from rummaging through your purse and definitely pay attention to your surroundings.

"If you're approached in a parking lot and you're in between your destination, you want to try and persuade that conversation to be moved to an area where you can easily be seen, where you can summon help," said Tommy Rice with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana.

Of course, dangers also lie inside the stores, right in the check-out lines. Credit card information can be easily stolen with just the click of a phone camera.

"People need to be cognitive of who's around them and how close they are," said Brian Blache with EBRSO. "People generally in lines like that are pretty close to you. When you take items like that out, keep them close to you, in front of you."

And when the shopping is all done, don't leave packages in your car where they can be easily spotted. Officers say it only takes a few seconds to smash and grab. They say if criminals see it, they'll want it.

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