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Holiday shopping safety tips for in-store and online

Posted at 12:50 PM, Nov 28, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Once your stomach settles from the big turkey dinner, it's time to shop. Throughout the weekend, people will take to the stores and online to find the best deals for gifts. While you're on the hunt though, don't lose focus of your surroundings.

Lexington Police say there have been past cases of organized pickpocketing at large events, like Keeneland, so they say it could happen again in a large crowd.

"That element does exist here in Fayette county,” said Lt Andrew Daugherty. “Particularly, if you're going to carry a wallet or loose cash, keep it in your front pocket. Females, if you have a purse, just hanging onto the strap is good, but make sure it's also zipped.”

When you're going from store to store, make sure to keep your purchases hidden, preferably in the trunk of your car.

"People won't break into a car unless they know there's a payout. If they can see something in there they want, that's the one they're going to hit,” said Lt. Daugherty.

While many join the mall crowds, others prefer to shop from the comfort of their own home. However, online shopping comes with its own risks.

The Better Business Bureau advises shoppers to be aware of false advertising and scam websites. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, use your credit card to buy items. That way you can contest any shady charges later. Debit cards won't offer the same kind of protection.

Visit here for more holiday tips from the BBB: https://www.bbb.org/holiday-tips