ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's the last weekend for Christmas shopping and the Albany Police Department wants to make sure that your gifts don't end up in the hands of thieves.
We're only a few days away from Christmas and shoppers aren't letting the rain keep them from doing some last minute shopping.
"There's a lot of people out here shopping, and I can find everything I'm looking for the stores are really well stocked. I've been really impressed with that," said Joan Seay, Shopper
But while you're out looking for those gifts to put under the tree, Albany Police hope you're also being aware of your surroundings.
"Look around, when you're walking out of a business, when you're walking out from your car to the building. Make sure you look around," said Cpl. Brian Covington-, Albany Police
Covington says developing a buddy system is one of the best ways to shop.
" Groups of people are less likely to be targeted versus that one lone person that's out by themselves out shopping late at night or first thing in the morning," said Brian Covington
And if you want to keep those newly purchased gifts for family and friends make sure they can't be seen in your car.
" We're still encouraging citizens to clean out their cars for bags, from purchases they may have made, cellphones, money, guns," said Brian Covington.
It's a message police say is not only relevant during this time of the year, but every day.
" Any type of items that you may not think are important, but someone else may think that they are, so just clean your car out," said Brian Covington.
Police say they don't want a Grinch to steal your Christmas.
" We don't want anyone to go in and get those nice things that you just spent all your hard earned money on, " said Brian Covington.