CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Shoppers beware!
You might be enjoying the gift-buying season, but when placing these items in your car, that can attract thieves.
Officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department offer some advice on how shoppers can protect themselves and their belongings.
Having thieves break into your vehicle can put a damper on your holiday season.
Shoppers that our Action 10 news team spoke to say you've got to think smart.
“Whenever I buy something, always make sure that I hide it,” says holiday shopper Abel Encinia. "If I got somewhere else to go, I put it kind of indifferent spots and make sure all more doors are locked."
La Palmera Mall is a hotspot for holiday shoppers, and as people walk to their cars thieves are watching and are on the move.
“I actually like to park (in) reverse, that way it’s easier to get out,” says Adan Barrera. "Though, I'm not surprised whenever I'm reversing from my parking space I'm actually just pulling out forward."
Officers say shoppers need to secure purchases in their trunk, and should shoppers also lock their vehicles.
Police also advise shoppers to be aware of their surroundings, and to call police if you see any suspicious activity.
When making large purchases, officers say people should take them home before continuing shopping.
“Obviously (don't) leave it in the car," said Christina Medrano. "I mean it's that time of season more people are looking out to see what they can take for free."
“I know for me I try to make it a quick trip, in and out you know it's easy to get lost in a mall or shopping center but if I know what I'm getting I'm in and out I make it a quick trip, that's less time I'm away from my vehicle,” says Adan Barrera.
Mall staff also say they work closely with security making sure shoppers are safe.
“I'm going to follow the rules, so my stuff doesn't get taken or stolen,” Medrano said.
Mall staff also said CCPD aid the Lost Prevention Department on weekends, and at special events with a beefed-up presence.
And if you didn't know, upon request shoppers have the option to have an officer escort you to your car.