Safety awareness tips for holiday shopping


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) —  Christmas is six days away and while you may be looking for the best gifts for your loved ones, you could also become a target within minutes.

Local residents expressed how they plan to stay safe this holiday season.

“I’m really aware of my surroundings. I like to make sure that I’m in a well-lit area or I’m not carrying too many bags where I couldn’t just drop them and runoff,” Kaylin Taylor said.

Dothan police gave WDHN tips on how to stay safe during the holidays.

“It’s really important that people are aware of their surroundings, don’t have the packages in plain sight when there are shopping,” Lt.Doug Magill said.” Also, be in contact with the neighborhood watches and know what’s normal and not normal, and if anything is not normal, call us that’s what we are here for here,” He said

Even if you are doing online shopping, it’s important to have a plan for delivery.

“I’m really careful about those too because there are a lot of places that get packages stolen,” Taylor said.

Companies like Amazon, you can arrange a designated time to have your packages delivered.

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