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Don't Let Criminals Steal Your Holiday Cheer

Last updated on Friday, November 24, 2017

(UNDATED) - The holidays are a joyous season filled with memories, laughter, giving and of course, shopping. To ensure that your shopping cheer isn’t dampened by criminal behavior, follow these safety tips:

"Safety and security require awareness of the people and events around you," said Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director Bryan J. Langley. "Attention to detail can improve your ability to identify and respond to an event or incident. Know your exits, keep your head up, check the weather conditions before you travel and avoid distractions like using your phone or other electronic devices while you are walking."

Online shopping can present a different set of security risks. Here are tips for keeping your purchases safe:

"Unfortunately, thieves and undesirables that prey upon the public do not take a break during the holiday season. As a matter of fact, they use the inattention and complacence of holiday shoppers to their advantage," said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. "Don't give them the opportunity to make you a victim. Follow these safety tips, be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activities to police."

Looking for that last minute gift for someone who's hard to buy for? IDHS encourages citizens to consider giving the gift of preparedness. All-hazards weather radios, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and vehicle preparedness kits are all gifts that every Hoosier could use.

For more online shopping and holiday safety tips, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.

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