Holiday shopping safety
Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 09:47 AM EDT
Henrietta, N.Y. – “I leave my keys everywhere, my phone everywhere and I'm just not paying attention a lot so he gets mad at me,” shopper Maritza Garcia said.
For many people like Garcia it can be easy to get consumed in everyday life.
So much so, she even admits to making the occasional lapse in judgment – leaving her purse in the car, in plain sight.
That's what police say not to do.
With the holiday shopping season around the corner, police anticipate thieves taking advantage of crimes of opportunity.
“The basic common sense is the best thing. If you're out and something doesn't seem right, don't put yourself in that situation,” Lt. Casey Voelkl with the Greece Police Department said.
Lt. Voelkl urges shoppers to keep their personal belongings out of sight. And shop in groups if you can.
That’s something we found Heather Mcallister doing Wednesday night.
“I definitely make sure I'm not on my phone when I'm walking around going to my car. I keep my purse close up tight. I look around, check my surroundings,” shopper said Mcallister.
As for Garcia and her purse she said she can find other places for it other than the front seat of her car.
“I try to put it in my trunk sometimes but if I'm not going to carry it with me, I try to,” Garcia said.
Police also say to park in well-lit areas and if you feel something isn't right or you're being followed go back to the store and call for help.