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Protecting holiday purchases from thieves: Pueblo Police give tips

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Pueblo Police want you to know how to safe while youre shopping during this holiday season.

Police say its the time of year when crooks will be looking for easy targets. They will be trying to steal purchases from cars and packages from your home.

Police say from Thanksgiving till New Years Eve thefts are only going to increase. They suggest taking some simple, but important, steps when youre out shopping or ordering holiday purchases online.

"A lot of them have that thought that it's not going to happen to me and when it does, it does cause some shock."

Sergeant Darren Velarde is talking about having someone break into your car and steal your holiday purchases.

Velarde says if thieves are traveling through parking lots and see something in a car that's going to give them almost a green light, to do a smash and grab. Velarde says it happens a lot during the holiday season.

"We try and advise people not to leave stuff in their car."

If people do leave items in their car, Velarde recommends keeping them in the trunk.

People don't know what's in the trunk.

When it comes to choosing a parking spot at a shopping center, Velarde suggests parking closer to the entrances and under lights at night."

He also wants people to be aware of porch pirates who are already out in full force.

A News 5 viewer sent in some video captured by his doorbell camera. He says his package was delivered and less than seven minutes later a thief was carrying it away.

"Try and be home when the delivery's going to be there."

Velarde also recommends either requiring a signature for delivery or having packages delivered to you at work.

For a full list of crime prevention tips click here.

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