Remaining Safe During the Holiday Season

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    Richland County, SC (WLTX) —  Many people continue to enjoy the holidays with friends and family, but law enforcement officials wants you to make sure you are safe.

    Master Deputy Gino Giusti of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department says you must be alert, especially during this time of year.

    “You know holidays are usually a pretty happy time for families,” Giusti explained. “There are people out there trying to take advantage of that.”

    If you received new electronics or expensive gifts for Christmas make sure to cut down the boxes as much as you can and put them in a trash bag so they are not easily identifiable.

    Be sure your kids do not leave out their new scooters, bikes and hover boards outside.  Do not leave your garage open unattended.

    “In the evening hours, before going to bed you can turn your lights on,” Giutsi said. “The patio light on, the outside light on, it deters criminal activity from happening, if you have a well-lit exterior of the home.”

    When it comes to making returns at the store or using your favorite gift cards, be sure to be mindful when navigating the parking lot.

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