Whether at a store or buying online, take steps to avoid becoming a victim

GREENFIELD — The holiday season is well under way and local law enforcement officers are reminding those in the Christmas spirit to practice safe shopping.

Every year around the holidays, police see an increased number of petty thefts of purses from carts and packages from cars. Cars left, unlocked, in driveways are also a favorite target.

The Stansbury Addition in McCordsville was hit five times last weekend by someone police believe waited and watched families drive into the neighborhood, park their cars in the driveway and go inside, leaving items in the back seat.

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