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Christmas shopping chaos

by Rachel Glaser

Caught up in the chaos of Christmas shopping, people are more rushed and more forgetful this yearmaking some shoppers more vulnerable to thieves.

I was putting some things away, making sure I had my credit card and then I think I left a bag behind, said Kathy Young.

At the Eastview Mall in Victor, Young said running from store to store can make you feel like youre spinning in circles, leaving some shoppers a little scattered brained. I'm not surprised, especially when you've got bag and coats and maybe little children and whatever, Young said, I'm not surprised people leave things behind.

Shopping bags full of brand new items, purses, credit cards and coats at the malls lost and found, it seems people are more flustered and forgetful this year. Many blame the shortened shopping season, with only 27 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, people are hurrying for the holidays.

Ontario County Sheriff, Philip Povero said, The closer we get to the holidays, I think the more anxious people become.

Not only are people leaving their stuff behind, Povero said shoppers are leaving their cars unlocked. Povero said, What we're trying very hard to avoid are parking lot crimes where items are being stolen from vehicles.

While store thefts are down, unlocked cars make it easy for thieves to steal from shoppers.

Please lock your car and before you do that remove all valuable from the vehicle, especially GPS and other electronic devices that are going to be visible to people looking inside. Povero said to put all that stuff in the trunk so thieves wont target your vehicle.

The sheriff also reminds people to avoiding walking in and out of the parking lot alone and to only bring what you need, including as few credit cards as possible.

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Washington Times