Police provide safe shopping tips

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The holiday shopping season is here and police want to make sure you're shopping smart to avoid becoming a victim of theft or worse.

Paris police remind everyone to always lock your car and house and be sure to take things with you or lock them in your trunk if you have to leave them in your car.

Leave lights on at home to discourage prowlers and make arrangements for a neighbor or friend to watch your house and pick up your mail if you plan to leave town.

Stay alert and off your cell phone in parking lots.

Don't sort through money or jewelry in public and keep your purse or shoulder bag close to your body to discourage purse snatchers.