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Tips on shopping smart and safe during the holidays

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As you are heading out the door to start your holiday shopping, safety officials want to remind you to be careful and pay attention.

Carina Ortiz works with the Bakersfield Police Department and says there is power in numbers. She encourages people to be aware of their surroundings while out shopping and to keep their items stored away in a safe place.

"Parking in a well-lit parking lot, making sure you are planning out where you are going," she said. "If you are going to a place where you are going to several stores, try to map it out."

Officials also suggest if you are making multiple trips to the car, you want to keep your stuff in a safe place, such as the trunk, where it can't be seen.

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