The holiday shopping rush is on, and it presents plenty of opportunities for thieves and robbers to have a shopping spree of their own. As such, the Prince William Police Department wants people to consider some common sense practices that can help people protect themselves during their shopping time.

The risk of being targeted when shopping alone is far greater than shopping with others. Try to shop with a friend or a family member, Prince William Police Spokesman Jonathan Perok said. “Usually, numbers will deter potential thieves from targeting individuals who are shopping by themselves.”

People who find that they need to shop alone might ask a security guard or a store employee to walk them to their cars for safety. If those things aren’t practical, shoppers might try to walk along with other groups of shoppers leaving shopping destinations at the same time.

Leaving packages in the passenger compartment of a car can tempt thieves. Perok recommends that people lock packages in their trunks or drive directly home after the shopping is done. When walking to your car, keep your keys in your hand. Carry purses close to your body and wallets inside a coat or a front pocket to foil would-be pickpockets.

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