ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- With Black Friday and holiday shopping just around the corner, law enforcement is offering tips for a safe shopping experience.
"I've got 14 grandchildren, so I shop all the time." Sue Bishop, an Ardmore mall shopper, said.
Bishop says she spends a lot of the holidays shopping, but also tries to spend a lot of time being alert.
"I think because of drugs, there's more stealing, and those are my concerns." Bishop said.
And she's not alone.
"You just want to protect what you have, and you don't want anybody to take advantage of you." Shopper Clare Manner said.
In fact, many shoppers try to be cautious.
"Am I parking where its lighted, or close to a building? Or where there are other people, so if I get in trouble, I can look for help in my surroundings." Shopper Amy Hays said.
But Sheriff Chris Bryant says there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
"You want to make sure you to keep your keys handy, and your purse next to you, and don't pull your wallet out until you're ready to check out," Bryant said. "You want to make sure you're aware of your surroundings. and you want to make sure you're in a well lit area, and everything like that."
Advice Bishop says she tries to keep in mind.
"I keep my car locked, I park up close, and I keep all my purchases on the floorboard." Bishop said.
But Bryant also cautions that these are rules to follow year-round.
"People want to thieve, and take things and steal things, so keep your cars locked and your houses locked. Its no different than any other time." Bryant said.
And Bryant says not to forget about online purchases either. He recommends having purchases shipped directly to your work if possible, or just making sure someone is home to get the package inside and off the porch as soon as it arrives.