With about seven weeks left for Christmas shopping, crooks are well aware that frazzled consumers may let their guard down as the countdown to Christmas is on.  Local police are warning you to be alert and not participate in behaviors that can be used to target you whether in person or online.

One of the biggest things you can do as a shopper, according to Alton Police Public Information Officer Emily Hejna, is to stay alert.

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She says try to avoid going to your car to drop off packages before going back into the store.  If you have to lighten your load, she suggests moving the car to another part of the parking lot out of the view of those who may have been watching you.

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