Normally, Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers would offer tips about safety when out shopping for Christmas but as the hustle and bustle of the shopping centers takes a turn to flip from website to website, the challenges of the holiday season look a little different in 2020.
Chief Lowers says it is imperative when shopping online you do so securely and safely. As online shopping becomes more popular, it is being recommended you do any shopping through a retailer's app, rather than their website.
If you're going to use your web browser, keep it updated with the latest updates. Make sure the URLs you are visiting starts with 'https'. Chief Lowers says these are just the starters of your secure shopping experience.
The Chief recommends as soon as you can, securing those packages on your front porch. He says people are starting to prowl in neighborhoods and taking packages off the porches of residents.
Other recommendations from the Chief include having any packages shipped to your place of employment if your employer will allow that. Additionally, many companies track packages and offer updates on your package's shipping status, he encourages you to keep track of those things.