CCPD provides safety tips to prevent theft as holiday shopping

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Police Department is taking extra measures to make sure the community is prepared to prevent potential thefts as the holidays get closer. 

According to the CCPD the key to keeping yourself safe from theft is to lock your car, take personal belongings with you, and conceal what you leave. 

CCPD Lieutenant Michael Pena also encourages residents to be mindful of their surroundings while shopping. 

“One of the things that we suggest is, if possible if you go out and purchase some items, rather than making it a big run all day, take some stuff back to your residence. Stow it away in you house, go back and do some more shopping. By all means if you have a trunk put it in your trunk and by all means lock your doors to your vehicle,” Pena said. 

Pena added that residents be cautious of

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Data Doctors: 2021 Online shopping tips

The holiday season is a time for online shopping, as well as scams. Ken Colburn, of the Data Doctors, explains how you can protect yourself.

Q: What are the latest online shopping safety tips?

A: The holiday season always drives online purchase volume to the highest levels of the year, which also means that those with malicious intent step up their tactics as well.

Elaborate phishing scams

One of the more sophisticated scams incorporates a fully functional website that looks like it’s selling popular and hard-to-get items at great pricing.

Creating a fake shopping website that looks exactly like the website of a popular retailer is pretty easy, so you can’t always believe what you’re seeing.

The creators will then take to social media and web comments to link to these “amazing deal websites” to try to snare unsuspecting bargain shoppers.

Take a close look at the entire web address,

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