Officers give tips to avoid spike in holiday crime

Published On: Nov 28 2012 09:07:26 AM CST
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Sure, there will be large crowds, but most experts expect only a modest increase in Black Friday sales over last year, mainly because the holiday season keeps expanding year after year. Many stores get into the spirit as early as September.

HOUSTON -

Harris County deputies have a holiday crime warning this shopping season. Officers are warning shoppers that there is usually a spike in crime during the holidays.

"Crime this time of year steps up -- a lot of property crimes, thefts and vehicle burglaries and stuff like that this time of year," said Capt. Wally Weighat.

Capt. Weighat also said that there are some things people can do that will help stay safe while shopping.

  • Keep your purse close to your body
  • Be vigilant of your surroundings
  • Do not shop while you are alone

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