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Police Offer Safety Tips When Shopping This Holiday Season

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DOVER, Del. - As you are out shopping for those last minute gifts this weekend, police are sending a reminder that you won't be the only one looking for a bargain.

When shoppers race to the stores for Christmas gifts, criminals will be out looking for an easy steal.

This weekend shoppers can expect stores waiting with open arms, like at Sears in Dover which has been open since 7 a.m.

"We're staying open until midnight the last two days and we've been extremely busy," said Tim Mischwojewski, assistant store manager at Sears.

That's good news for those last minute shoppers like Heather Coulter.

"I've always been the last minute shopper. I work best under stress. It works for me," said Coulter of Felton.

Holiday shoppers are flooding Sears in Dover trying to get those last minute gifts to put under the Christmas tree, but there is one thing police say shoppers should be aware of - criminals looking for a steal.

Capt. Tim Stump with the Dover Police Department says when arriving to shop, pay close attention to your surroundings

"If you're pulling up to a business and there seems to be someone there who looks out of place or making you at all nervous, just pick a different time to go to that business," said Stump.

Stump added that shoppers should also be prepared when heading to your car with gifts in hand.

"Have your keys ready. You don't want to be fumbling around with your keys while you're trying to get in with a bunch of bags," Stump said.

"Just be mindful that there are people out there that will steal from you," Coulter said.

Police say if you plan to shop at night it's a good idea to go shopping in groups. That way, you can keep an eye on one another, and keep those naughty criminals away.

Police say another common sense tip is to take valuables out of your car or lock them in the trunk.

Also extra officers in plain clothes will be patrolling stores looking for criminals in Dover. 

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