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Published November 25, 2012, 05:46 PM

Tips to prevent car theft while shopping

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Officers say a car filled with Christmas gifts is on every thieves wish list.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Officers say a car filled with Christmas gifts is on every thieves wish list.

Fargo officers want to make sure you don't lose common sense, in the middle of a long shopping day.

Their 3 tips-- lock your doors. Park in well-lit spots, the perfect place during the day may not be ideal at night. And don't forget to cover your packages or better yet put them in the trunk and out of eyesight.

Lt. Joel Vettel with the Fargo Police Department says, "If you are traveling from store-to-store, it probably doesn't hurt to stop by the house and drop off some of those packages. That certainly minimizes the exposure of those packages, but also, it probably reduces the temptation of somebody trying to steal items in a parking lot."

Stats show thefts increase during the holiday season.

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