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Tucson Police conduct extra patrols around shopping centers this holiday season

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The holiday season is here and many stores are staying open later. Police are spending extra time patrolling the parking lots looking for anything suspicious.

Officers are warning you to be extra vigilant. They say robberies and car break in thefts are always up this time of year.

Police say if possible do your shopping during the day or take a friend with you and don't leave anything like your purse or wallet in plain view.

They also urge you to place your purchases in your trunk, but to also take a look around you and trust your gut instinct.

Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer said, "Pay attention to your surroundings. If you think someone is watching you and you get that feeling - they're probably watching you and may be waiting for you to go back inside to get into your vehicle."

"I'm feeling more safe because more police are around in this area. A lot of people are getting off work," said one shopper. "I think this is the best time of day to shop in this area."

Edith Zeh, who lives in Tucson part-time, said "I don't do my shopping at night because I don't feel safe at night. I do my shopping during the day. Today, is an exception because I have my daughter with me."

If you have that feeling that something just isn't right, officers say to look for another place to park, go to a more crowded area and if you're ever in a dangerous situation, holler for help.

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