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Charleston police offer safe shopping tips for the holiday season

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People are already lining up for Black Friday mega-sales and criminals are already lining up their victims.

We checked in with Charleston Police after some reports of parking lot thefts and attempted robberies.

Officers told 13NEWS that thieves are looking for quick cash and items they can sell for a fast buck.

"Some crimes that we see a spike in this time of year are car break ins.  Occasionally there will be a purse snatching, sometimes robberies.  So we're more vigilant this time of year with extra police presence in areas with extra shoppers like convenience stores, banks, shopping malls," said Detective Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department. 

Detective Cooper says there are several things you can do to protect yourself and the simplest is to use common sense. 

Police say to always lock your doors, never leave items in view while in your car and keep your purse close to you while shopping.