How To Keep Safe During The Holidays

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - After the Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, most people will head off to different stores ready to score a deal, but you are not the only ones on the prowl. Sherrie Carruth tells NewsWest 9, 'Tis the season for perps to steal from you.

"These perps make a living sitting around watching other people, don't leave valuables, computers iPhones all that kind of stuff in your vehicle leave it somewhere that is safe or don't take it all," Carruth said.

If you are one of those shoppers whose hands are full, Carruth says that's a big mistake because you are not being watchful of your surroundings.

"We notice during the holidays people have many packages in their hands and they are not paying attention to their surroundings. One of the things you are gonna wanna do is pay attention to your surroundings," Carruth said.

One shopper knows first hand what it feels like to be mugged in broad daylight. On Tuesday, a woman, who wishes not to be identified, had her purse snatched from her by a man who drove up next to her, reached out of the window and drove off.

"Don't get distracted with phones or texting or when you are walking to your vehicle or walking into the store because that's the main thing that they are looking for, people that are not being aware of their surroundings," the woman said.

Carruth says no matter what time of the year it is always lock your doors to your car, and if you are a lady who tends to leave her purse in the trunk, Carruth says that's not a good idea.

"Don't leave your purse inside your car. Too many of these people know that if you are getting out of the vehicle and don't have a purse, guess where it's at, and that's a reason why your car will be targeted," Carruth said.

Other safety tips Carruth mentioned were, do not shop alone and always try to go shopping in pairs. Park in well lighted areas, especially areas that have security cameras, and for all the ladies who carry handbags, Carruth recommends not to put your phone in your purse in the scenario that your purse is stolen from you, at least you would still have your phone.