Tips to avoid holiday thieves

With a handful of busy holiday shopping days ahead, Joplin police are warning shoppers to be alert.
“We always tell people, property can be replace people cannot,” said Lt. Matt Stewart of Joplin Police.
During the holiday season thieves are looking for valuables, according to police.
Lt. Stewart says be mindful of your surroundings.
Some tips that can keep you safe this holiday season.
1.Park near the stores entrance and under lit areas 2.Shop with others 3.Avoid distractions such as being on a cell phone 4.Hide valuables inside your vehicle while inside the store 5.Don’t hesitate to report suspicious behavior