As we get closer to Christmas, safety has become a major concern for shoppers here in the east. An armed robbery Tuesday night at Target in Greenville and an attempted armed robbery Wednesday night at the Greenville Mall have Greenville police stepping up patrols and giving some advice to those with more shopping to do.
At Target, a woman was robbed of her cell phone and cash, and outside the Pier 1 at the Greenville Mall there was an attempted robbery when someone pulled a knife on a shopper.
Greenville police tell us with less than two weeks until Christmas, they have tips for those who still have last minute shopping to do.
"Don't be shuffling through your purse as you're walking to the car, have those keys ready. Also, be aware of your surroundings if you can walk in groups. Stay and park in well lit areas," said GPD Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter.
Hunter says police will increase their patrols of these and other shopping centers around Greenville up until after the holidays.