The holiday season is a time for giving and for some, stealing.
With shoppers leaving their vehicles filled with bags, putting personal information on retail websites and having packages delivered to their porches, this is some prime time for criminals.
Authorities say the key to deter thieves is to make their job as difficult as possible by keeping your purchases out of sight.
It is suggested that you should keep your bags in your trunk, and always grab your mail from your porch and post box.
Another tip is that before you walk to your vehicle, always have your keys in your hand before leaving the store because the extra few minutes you might take searching for your keys might give a thief enough time to approach you, she says.