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Police Offer Safety Tips For Christmas Shopping

Officers say you shouldn't leave any gifts in plain view inside your vehicle because you may become a target for a break-in.

STATEWIDE - As you make plans to do your Christmas shopping over the next several weeks, police are warning you to follow some safety tips to make your holidays less stressful.

"If you're going to be buying presents for the holidays, it's a good idea not to leave them in plain view in your vehicle," says Franklin Police Chief Tim O'Sullivan, who says your car, truck or SUV could be a target for a break-in especially if you leave your vehicle unlocked.  He suggests that you leave your gifts in your trunk or covered up out of sight of would-be thieves.

"If you're going to be driving at night, it's always a good policy to be with someone [and] park in a well-lit area," says Chief O'Sullivan, who says you may risk being robbed if you have cash and gifts.

Police also suggest that if you order gifts online to have them delivered to your office instead of your home.  Officers say there is an increased number of packages stolen from front porches and mailboxes during the day while you're at work.

Officers also say it's best not to announce on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram when you plan to be away from your home during the holidays because you're home may be more susceptible for a burglary.  Whenever you do step away from your home, double check to make sure all your doors are locked and holiday candles are unlit before you leave.


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