Be sure to keep an eye on your gifts during the holiday season

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – It’s that time of year when a lot of people can’t wait to shop until they drop.

But before you drop your gifts in the car and drive off, make sure they’re safe.

People look forward to the holidays. Shop for these Christmas deals and watch their loved ones’ faces light up when they open that perfect gift on Christmas morning.

But you may need to make sure those gifts are securely locked away to prevent potential curmudgeons from stealing your Christmas cheer.

The holidays have arrived and people are spending their money on gifts for friends and family.

Whether online or in stores, shoppers need to be careful because there might be someone lurking out there to take the “Merry” out of your Christmas.

Kristin Tate of ALFA Insurance says that during the holiday season her clients call her to make sure they are covered in case they are the victim of a crime.

“We go ahead and look at the covers and make sure those customers haven’t made a major purchase in the year that’s been missed and we go over that and have those conversations and at that time there we can increase the blankets,” Tata said.

Tate also suggests that you keep those big purchases a secret.

“We’re going ahead to have those conversations with our customers to lock the door before you leave so we don’t put cardboard boxes or obvious purchases they’ve made on the road and that’s a way to our owners to protect themselves,” Tate said. .

Captain Anthony Nelson, patrol commander with the Columbus Police Department, says it’s an unfortunate holiday tradition – every year crime increases as we get closer to Christmas, and that’s why people have to double up of caution.

“Most people who are going to commit crimes find the holidays a good time to do so. Therefore, if you are shopping, you need to make sure that if you are buying gifts and are in the store, place Put them in your chest and lock them in your trunk, said Captain Nelson.

And no matter where you live, you should always protect your assets.

“It happens. It happens in every walk of life, even in the most pristine neighborhoods of our state. No one is protected against theft, so what we do is try to warn our customers and to warn our community just to be a little safer during this time because no matter how beautiful our friendly city is, there are always bad people out there and we just have to be prepared,” Tate said.

Capt. Nelson says the Columbus Police Department plans to increase patrols around shopping malls and residential areas during the holidays.

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