A FEW DO'S AND DON'TS ...
Check your list and shopping habits twice: do not leave anything valuable in view in your car when you park, keep your purse/wallet and purchases with you at all times, and be aware of your surroundings.
If you choose to buy gift cards, read below for information on a new holiday threat from criminals.
Besides the usual shoplifting, purse snatching, and pickpocketing, crooks have now found a way to rob you of your gift card balance. If you buy gift cards from a display rack you may become a victim of theft. Crooks are now jotting down the card numbers in the store, waiting a few days, then calling to see how much of a balance THEY have on the card. Once they find the card is "activated", they then go online and start shopping.
You may want to purchase your card from a customer service person, where they do not have the gift cards viewable to the public.
Merry Christmas !!