Avoiding Theft on Black Friday

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The risk for theft is high this time of the year. If you’re venturing out to shop or just parking your vehicle somewhere, police have a few tips for you.

Hide anything you buy or anything in your car that’s valuable. Cover it in your car or immediately take it home. Don’t leave items out for potential thieves to see. Police say purses and wallets are especially attractive to thieves when left unattended in cars and shopping carts. Also when you’re parking, keep vehicles in well-lit areas.

“Maybe just take credit cards, your I.D. and your checkbook or whatever you need and keep that in your pockets. In your front pockets preferably because anytime you have a purse you’re opening yourself up to having it be stolen off the person, out of the shopping cart, out of the car,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Among holiday thieves there are also holiday scams. A popular scam is “dummy websites” that appear identical to your favorite store sites. You can detect these websites if you don’t see a customer service number or the website has a different name than the posted name. Also never use a debit card when buying anything. Use cash, check or a credit card.