As you load up your car with gifts during the last shopping weekend before Christmas, thieves may be right behind you. The New Bern Police Department's "Holiday Task Force" says shoppers unwittingly put themselves and their vehicles at risk by leaving things like packages, purses and money exposed in plain sight. Officer Ben Lewis who, works on the "Holiday Task Force" that monitors area shopping centers says locking items you purchase in the trunk can deter thieves from targeting your car. Officer Lewis says another common mistake shoppers make is leaving their car doors unlocked.
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