MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -The Morristown Police Department warned holiday shoppers of ways to be safe while shopping this holiday season.

Aside from making sure you lock your car doors, here are other ways to keep your belongings and family safe:

– Shop while it is daylight.

– If shopping at night, park in a well-lit area. Park as close to the building as possible. Avoid parking next to vans, cars with dark-tinted windows, or trucks with camper tops.

– Do not leave the vehicle unoccupied while the motor is running and do not leave children unattended in a vehicle.

– Leave packages and valuables in your trunk locked or hidden out of plain sight.

– Before returning to your vehicle, locate your keys.

– Avoid carrying a purse or wallet. If carrying a purse, always keep a secure hold on your purse. Never leave purse unattended.

– If there is

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As Holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, the Sunnyside Police Department shared several tips to “help prioritize the protection of your property and yourself.”

SPD suggests parking in well-lit areas, plus having your keys ready before you get back to your car. Beware of any approaching strangers.

It also says to never leave your personal items unattended, especially including leaving valuables or new purchases in your car. If you have to leave items in the car, cover them so that your properties are not in plain view.

It’s also important to protect your pins. Make sure you cover your pin wherever you enter it and never write it down on your card or share it with anyone.

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But safety threats aren’t exclusive to shopping in-stores; you must also be safe while shopping online. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) outlines the steps you can take to prevent

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Black Friday, traditionally the single busiest shopping day of the year, arrives a little earlier this year, with many stores already advertising Black Friday prices.

Instead of setting the alarm to brave crowds for deeply discounted items, dedicated shoppers are expected to look for deals online, similar to last year — that is, if they haven’t already finished their holiday shopping. Changes, such as shipping delays, hiring challenges and microchip shortages, are impacting how people will shop. Retail experts are predicting higher than-normal store crowds and increased spending percentages on gifts, decorations, and other holiday-related items.

Suppose you do decide to shop in person on Black Friday. In that case, the Better Business Bureau offers these tips to make your shopping experience productive (and maybe even enjoyable):

Make the most of Black Friday deals. Start with a list of items and use sale flyers and promotions to determine which

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