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Rushing to shop this holiday season- Last minute safety tips

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Many are experiencing the rush of the holiday season. With Christmas being a week and a half away, many of us are scrambling to complete our holiday “to do lists” within a condensed amount of time.

Bags full of holiday gifts being loaded into cars. People are rushing to finish their last minute shopping.

Ben Guitron, Indio police's public information officer, warns shoppers there's a jump in crimes of opportunity during this time of year.

“If you are shopping and you have too much in your hands put it in the trunk of your car if your taking a vehicle, take a vehicle that you can hide so it can't be available seen through a window," said Guitron. "Make sure you don’t just leave it in plain sight. Secure it.”

Police said there hasn't been an increase in reported robberies but they are advising you to not shop alone around the holidays.

“Make sure that they can take a companion: daughter, son, best friend, husband,wife, whatever it is go together that way you can carry what you are buying, you can look out for one another," said Guitron.

Authorities remind shoppers to be wise when using any form of payment.

“Be careful with your credit cards. Be careful when using your cellphones with all your credit that you're dealing with. Make sure you stay on top of that," said Guitron. "Make sure if you do have cash don't try to count it where everybody can see what you have.”

Marianna Anguiano, who was a robbery victim last Christmas. She's approaching her holiday shopping differently this year.

"Shop for your most expense stuff at the end so that its not just sitting in your car all day," said Anguiano.

Other shoppers like Krystal Chamberlin from Beaumont started taking action when mailing gifts to their home.

“Tracking packages alot more closely so they don’t stay on my porch very long," said Chamberlin.

Jan Merrick from Calimesa has tried to be more kind, get in the spirit while shopping.

“Trying to be more patient with other people shopping its crowded everybody is looking for a deal just trying to be more patient with everybody that we encounter," said Merrick.

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Dani Romero

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