Area police departments are offering tips for a safe shopping experience.
Before shopping, avoid carrying a purse. Use a fanny pack or deep pockets to carry what you need.
Only have a small amount of cash, and do not carry credit cards and car keys together.
When arriving at the store, remember exactly where you park, and make sure it is close to the store or mall in a well lit area.
Leave the store well before closing time, and never shop until exhausted. People are more alert when they are less tired.
Check underneath the vehicle as approaching it. Criminals will attempt gain surprise.
Lastly, keep items stored out of sight in the trunk of the car.