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Holiday shoppers should remember tips for safety

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November 22, 2004

Albany- Holiday shopping has already started, but a Monday night at the mall doesn't compare to what it will be like on Friday.

Most of the time you're safe when you're out shopping.

"But then you also have the criminal element looking for victims to commit crimes against," said Lt. Kenn Singleton with the Albany Police Department.

No one wants to be a victim, so there are things you can do to keep yourself from looking like an easy target. And that starts with trying not to shop till you drop.

"When you get tired, that's when you let your guard down. The criminal element is looking for that," Singleton said.

So don't carry too many packages, try to avoid shopping alone and put your packages in the trunk or out of sight. And guard your methods of payments. Crooks can use technology, like camera phones, to get your credit card and banking account numbers.

"A lot of times we get caught up in the holiday festivities and we have a tendency to let our guards down and that's what the criminal element is looking for. You want to make sure you're aware of what's going on around you at all times."

So that you're safe throughout the entire season.

posted at 10:25 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com