Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, PA – After multiple reports of people being followed around by thieves while shopping, police have some tips for protecting yourself from grinches around the holidays.

Be aware of your surroundings. If possible, do your shopping during the daytime so you don’t have to walk through a dark parking lot.

Keep an eye on your purse, wallet, and your family.

If it seems like someone is following you through a store, tell employees and ask for someone to escort you to your vehicle.

If someone continues to follow you out of the store, call 911 so police can handle it.

If you’re being followed while driving, don’t go directly to your home. Instead, stay in a highly populated area until police arrive.

These are good tips for any time of the year, but especially around the holidays when thieves are targeting shoppers who are buying high-priced Christmas gifts.


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