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Avoiding holiday crime

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just around the corner, and many in the area have traveling and shopping on the brain.
With so much going on, caution sometimes take a back seat.
Channel Three's Rob Brown talked with travelers, shoppers, and police officers about how to keep safe during a hectic time.
Whether you're leaving town for Thanksgiving or just doing some Black Friday shopping, safety should play a major role. We talked to a number of community members and police officers about how you can better protect yourself this holiday weekend.

AAA projects over forty three million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving, and Black Friday's popularity has grown so much many stores will be opening on Thursday.
With all that going on, safety can often be overlooked.
Many ideas, such as locking doors, seem common sense.
Others, like keeping items out of view, might slip your mind.
Carole Cloud "I never leave anything valuable on the seats or showing in the car if I might be gone for a little while, because I do know that something could get taken."

Carole Cloud visits every year from Michigan.
She says being aware of your surroundings while out shopping is key to staying safe.

Carole Cloud "I'm pretty cautious when I leave the store, I look around the parking lot to see if there's anybody just sitting in a car, riding or not riding in it, I might be cautious about that, especially during the holidays."

The overwhelming theme from everyone we talked to? Be alert, double-check yourselves. In Okaloosa County, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.