Marianna Police Give Parking Lot Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

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This is not only the biggest travel weekend of the year, it's also one of the largest shopping weekends.

Shoppers aren't the only ones hitting the malls and discount stores. Thieves will be canvassing parking lots, looking for easy victims.

"Robberies do go up over the holiday season. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more crime you'll see," says Marianna Police Captain Bill Bryant.

Bryant says purse snatchings are some of the most common parking lot thefts.

Leaving your purse unattended in a shopping cart makes you an easy target.

Whenever you're out police remind you to always lock your car doors.

Don’t leave items like cell phones and packages in plain view inside your car. Lock them in your trunk.

Also, pay attention to your surroundings.

Marianna Police Evidence Custodian Cheree Edwards says, "There are people watching, females in particular, who are in groups with other women, who aren't paying attention, talking, carrying on and having a good time. Just be leery of your surroundings."