Northeast Ohio thieves looking to ruin your Christmas shopping experience

Northeast Ohio thieves looking to ruin your Christmas shopping experience
Stay safe while shopping during the holiday season

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it certainly can be, but not if you become the victim of thieves this holiday season.

Thieves looking to ruin your Christmas shopping experience

Police tell us that criminals are looking for every opportunity and there are ways you can limit your chances of getting ripped off.

“We don’t want to give the criminal the opportunity—do not advertise things that the criminal can take advantage of,” Lakewood Police Captain Gary Stone said.

That means don’t dump your packages into the back seat of your car and head back into the store for another round of shopping.

Always, police suggest, put your packages in the trunk or bring a blanket to cover them up. Thieves will rarely break into a car unless they can see what they’re going to get for their efforts.

It is also critical to remember to think about your safety while you are out shopping.

With so many distractions at this time of the year, it’s easy to let your guard down.

“It’s important that you travel in groups, it’s always important when you’re coming to and from stores and into parking lots to be aware of your surroundings,” Stone said.

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