Police demo steps to deter holiday theft

December 6, 2011 4:46:45 PM PST
Thieves often try to take advantage of shoppers during the holiday season, so police are asking you to take steps to avoid being a victim.

Houston police say theft is a crime of opportunity and proved it with a stage purse theft at the HEB store on Buffalo Speedway. The demonstration showed how easy it is for someone to snatch a wallet from an unzipped purse while the shopper has her back turned for just a few seconds.

"So we're really asking to close those purses up, clutch them very tight and stay focused and be aware of your surroundings," said HPD Officer James Sobota.

Officers also went through the grocery store parking lot handing out warning notices to cars with valuables left in plain sight.

Police say that's to tempting burglars and you should always lock your purchases in your trunk.

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