H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Dec 13, 2012 8:51 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

San Luis Obispo Police recommend tips to avoid being a victim of fraud

Santa Maria resident Lizeth Paz spent her Thursday out shopping at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets with her family. Between shopping bags and a baby, there were a lot of things for her to hold.

"We do have to put things in the car, because we have our hands full," said Paz.

When she resorts to unloading her goods, she said she's conscious of what she's doing.

She said, "I definitely put them in the trunk. My car is kind of nice because it has a cover, so i just tuck it in there."

But, the San Luis Police Department said during this time of year, shoppers should be extra aware of the grinches.

Lt. Keith Storton, the public information officer for SLPD, suggested, "don't overload your vehicle with a bunch of property inside that somebody can walk by and see that it's there."

Police say there has been a recent spike in car break-ins and home burglaries.

"It's certainly a time where some of the residences are vacated and people are gone on vacation visiting relatives, and people will know somebody's not home, so there's another crime of opportunity," said Storton.

And, with online shopping at a peak, more deliveries are left outside. So, Storton recommends keeping track of deliveries so that someone can be home to bring the package inside the house.

Paz said it's unfortunate that there are humbugs out there, but it won't stop her from enjoying the perks of this holiday season.

Police say during Christmastime, they concentrates their patrols on certain areas like the parking lots of shopping centers and residential areas.

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