The Richland Police Department is reminding holiday shoppers to be vigilant when you are out shopping. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind to keep you safe this holiday season:

1. Park near a light. Thieves are much less likely to target a car when there’s a bright light on it… especially when it’s out in the open. We recommend a spot where you can see and be seen (not next to a large van or truck).

2.Keep your purse on your body or your wallet in your front pocket. Don’t make it easy for purse snatchers and pickpockets. Leaving a bag unattended is almost an invitation, and it’s significantly easier for someone to steal a wallet when it’s in their back pocket.

3.Take precautions in the parking lot. Before you get in your car, look in it and under it. It pays to play it safe, and it could also be beneficial to have your keys handy. If you’re rummaging through your purse or digging into a pocket, you’re officially a distracted shopper – which would make it easy for the wrong people to approach you.

Make sure you have a safe holiday season and remember to always be vigilant of your surroundings.