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Authorities warn that thieves are in the mood for taking

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - During the season for giving, authorities warn that thieves are in the mood for taking. It is one of the busiest times of the year, and shoppers are out looking for great deals. While you and your family out shopping, there are a few tips to know about to keep your personal belongings safe.

"Our thieves are opportunists," said Kat Anderson, crime prevention coordinator with the South Plains Auto Theft Task Force. Most thieves are looking for easy targets. Houses that appear unoccupied and cars in parking lots at shopping centers, gyms, theaters and sporting events are very popular targets.

Lubbock police recommend keeping shopping bags out of sight if left in the car and always lock the doors. Stay away from parking areas where somebody could hide, such as near shrubbery or between two large vans. Don't leave your car running unattended anywhere. It's a Class C Misdemeanor to leave cars running unattended in a public spot. It's not illegal in your private driveway, but authorities urge residents not to do so or at least to closely monitor the car.

Any time you are up and about, thieves will be out, so remember these tips.

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