(WALB) - All it takes is a simple few seconds that could keep you from being a victim this holiday season.
According to a consumer survey by AAA, 44% of Folks in Georgia will shop on Black Friday.
To keep those holiday gifts safe, South Georgia law enforcement have a few tips for shoppers.
"Crime of opportunity is what happens so many times, in parking lots or even in your driveway," said Capt. Steve Jones, TCSO.
Packages need to be stowed away in your car and out of sight so people walking around can't see inside.
When you leave, you need to remember to lock your car.
They also said to never leave your purse or other valuables unattended…even for a few seconds.
"A potential thief in the very next parking place next to them sees the purse and grabs it and is gone before you know it happened," said Jones.
If you do your shopping from home on Cyber Monday, you have to be careful for online scams.
"Shop from known retailers online, I would be weary of anyone who solicits your business online," said Jones.
If you do buy something online, make sure you don't save your card information. Also make sure that you are not connected to public wifi
All in all, law enforcement wants you to enjoy your holiday shopping without having to worry about your stuff being stolen, so if you see anything suspicious make sure you report it!
"Anyone, doing anything, walking around the parking lot, checking door handles, call 911 immediately. That is nothing but a thief looking for something to steal," said Jones.