Sheriff Issues Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Meanwhile, area law enforcement is offering some tips to make sure the holiday shopping season is a safe one.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the busy holiday shopping season can be very tempting for criminals.

“This is the time of the year and there are always victims,” said Shirley.  “Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.”

The sheriff said that when heading to a store or shopping center, people should always park in well-lit areas.

He said there are a number of other valuable safety tips to keep in mind.

Shirley said those include always carrying your remote car alarm, never shopping alone, and never walking to one’s car alone at night.

Once the items are bought, Shirley said it is important for people to make sure they are put away securely in the car.

“If you have a lot of shopping that you have done, put it in the trunk and make sure you engage your car alarm,” said Shirley.

The sheriff also said people should travel with a full tank of gas and their cell phone if they have one, just in case they have any problems.

With a lot of people on the roads, Shirley encouraged anyone heading out to drive carefully, obey the speed limit, and buckle up.