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Sarasota News Leader November 29, 2013 Page 81 HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC As holiday sales get into full swing, Sarasota • Approach your vehicle with keys already in County Sheriff Tom Knight is reminding the hand. public "to shop smart and stay safe," a news • Do not carry too many packages at one release says. time. Patrols are increased in high-traffic retail areas this time of year, but shoppers are • Place all packages out of sight when you encouraged to keep the following tips in mind get to your vehicle. when heading out to hit the stores, the release • Do not place a purse on top of the vehicle points out: or in the trunk when loading purchases. • Avoid shopping alone, particularly at night. • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area and • Keep vehicle doors locked and windows shut. remove valuables from sight. • Know your surroundings, and keep an eye • Be suspicious of anyone approaching you on the people around you. to pass out leaflets or ask for donations. • Carry a purse close to the body and do not • If you see anything suspicious or if somereveal large amounts of cash. thing just does not feel right, leave the area immediately and contact store security or • If using a shopping cart, do not leave purses law enforcement officers. unsecured, and keep them closed. To make sure people get home safely with holiday gifts, the Sheriff's Office has provided shopping tips. Photo by Evalowyn via Wikimedia Commons

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