Safety tips to keep in mind entering the Thanksgiving holiday

By Tiffany Jackson |

Published 11/25 2015 01:38PM

Updated 11/25 2015 01:38PM

It's officially Thanksgiving week and many of you may be busy preparing by shopping for groceries or packing to go out of town. 
Being busy might mean being distracted and being distracted gives criminals extra opportunities to take advantage.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind entering the holiday season:
At the grocery store, never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart even if you are 5 feet away. When you're not paying attention anyone can walk by and grab your wallet or phone. 
This week is the busiest travel week of the year. When driving be extra defensive and give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
If you are one of the many families planning to travel, turn on a couple lamps or leave a TV on to make your home look as "lived in" as possible. 
Don't forget to be cautious of what you're sharing online.
"Don't tell everybody on social media that you're leaving your house because there are people that read for that, that look for that and they know, there's nobody there. Chances are it's an empty house and they can begin to make plans, maybe, to go inside your house," said Ruth Corley with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

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