With only a few days left for Christmas shopping, crooks are well aware that frazzled consumers may let their guard down as the countdown to Christmas ticks away.  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.

Madison County Sheriff’s Department Captain Mike Dixon tells The Big Z one of the biggest things you can do as a shopper, whether at Christmas or any other time of the year, is locking your car door.

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He says if you are out shopping, try to avoid going to your car to drop off packages before going back into the store.  And before you get to the parking lot, make sure any valuables have been stored out of site.


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