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Protecting your family and gifts this holiday season

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - As shopping season kicks into high gear there are some looking to steal a little Christmas cheer and swipe those gifts before they make it under the tree.

There’s three weekends left until Santa Claus makes his way to town, but the Grinch could be right behind you when you’re shopping.

“It’s just important to make sure you’re aware of your surroundings.”

It may sound like common sense, but as holiday shoppers make their purchases, there are those who’d like to snag those gifts for themselves.

“We just ask that the shoppers are vigilant and let us know if there is an event that occurs.”

Dangers lurk everywhere.  Aviation Mall’s operation manager said to do these three things.

“Make sure you have your phone in your pocket, you know you have your bags in your hand, and assist yourself to your car as quickly as possible.”

Jason Tyler says the mall is fairly safe and they have a good working relationship with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

But with 62 shops covering one million square feet of mall space alone, you shouln’t let your guard down.

“Our mall security works close with our tenants to aide in any shoppers’ assistance that they need to go to their cars to ensure their safety.”

That’s right.  Security will actually escort you to your cart to ensure you get from point A to B without a problem.

“Obviously not having someone accidentally having to bump into you.”

“Situational awareness. Definitely keep an eye on your surroundings. Know who belongs to you, what belongs to you at all times.”

“I look at my kids more than I do stuff shopping.”

“I usually put my hand out and grab her so that she’s close to me, and then him, he’s always near me all the time.”

Security adds not to leave packages visible in your car and if an incident occurs to report it immediately.


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