Staying safe while holiday shopping; tips from Lexington Police

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Ahead of the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, we caught up with Lexington Police for some tips for staying safe this holiday season.

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"When we talk about criminal opportunities," explained Officer Bige Towery with the Lexington Police Department, "these are opportunities that exist year round, there are just more of them that appear during the holidays."

Officer Towery says car break-ins are always a big problem this time of year, but there are a couple of steps you can take to avoid becoming a target.

"Number one you always lock your car, and surprisingly a lot of folks don't do that," said Towery. "Number two is don't leave items visible in your car."

And as tempting as it may be, Officer Towery also suggests you avoid leaving your car running to warm it up unattended.

Another frequent target -women's purses. Officer Towery suggests you always keep your purse zipped shut when you are out and about in stores.

Finally, when using a debit or credit card look around to make sure no one is snapping a picture of your card or jotting down your information.

At the end of the day the best advice is to be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and if you feel uneasy about something don't hesitate to contact police.

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