Safety tips while shopping for the holidays

Man picks up TV from store counter. December 17, 2018 (KBAK/KBFX photo).

As hundreds of people finalize their shopping for the holidays, a store expert recommends staying alert to avoid being a theft target.

Nicolas Evans, merchandising supervisor for Best Buy, said this year his store has not received theft concerns from customers, but he wants people to keep safety as a priority as they continue shopping around.

“Our best tip is to shop around day time,” he said.

Evans said shoppers need to be aware of their surroundings.

Delano resident Maria Martinez and her husband started Christmas shopping Sunday.

She said one safety tip they have been following for years is never carry cash while shopping for gifts.

“A credit card is safe to buy right now because if you carry money in your purse you can be robbed,” Martinez said.

Bakersfield resident Aaliyah Bentello said one of her friends was recently targeted.

“They just broke her window and stole, like, all her, like, school gear and, like, shoes and just, like, you know, so I’ve learned to keep everything out of sight,” Bentello said.

Evans recommends having a plan.

“Always kind of go in a buddy system, so having two people with you at all times,” he said. “People can’t really target you if you have friends with you, family, anyone to kind of go with you.”

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