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Gwinnett County police offer safe shopping tips

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The holiday shopping season is here and police say criminals are looking for victims.

"We see a lot of things like car break-ins, robberies and credit card fraud," said Corp. Jake Smith, with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

In response to the threat, Gwinnett County police have cranked up their holiday task force.

"We have the funding to put additional officers in our high volume retail areas, places like the Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett Place Mall, Discover Mills Mall and some other large shopping areas throughout the county," Smith said.

Police said if you're heading to the mall, park in a lighted area, never shop by yourself at night, remove all valuables from your car and take the extra step of protecting your electronic devices.

"With everybody having a smartphone now, it is a good idea to go ahead and take a picture of the serial numbers on the side of the boxes of your electronics as soon as you buy them. Then if the worst happens, you can immediately provide that information to the police," Smith said. "With the large amounts of crowds and vehicles, we just ask that everyone be cautious."

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