Published: Nov 25, 2010 8:40 PM EST
Updated: Nov 25, 2010 5:40 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla –With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Lee County Sheriff's Office wants to remind you that we all have a role in preventing crime.

Here are some before and after shopping safety tips from Lee County Sheriff's Office:

- Shop with family or a friend, there's safety in numbers.

- If shopping at night, avoid parking in poorly lighted sections. 

- Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk.

- Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed.

- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit or debit card when possible.

- Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Have your purchases delivered or make extra trips to and from your vehicle. 

- Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket or use a large thick rubber band to prevent pick pocketing. 

- Be extremely careful when using ATM machines.

- As you walk to and from your vehicle, be aware of surroundings, make eye contact with others, and if you observe suspicious activity notify security, a store manager or call law enforcement. 

- Don't display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before you go away on a Holiday trip.

- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.

- If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears occupied.

- If you take a holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbor or family member watch your house, pick up the mail and newspaper and park his or her motor vehicle in your driveway from time to time.

- Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. Do not open your door to strangers. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays.

- Immediately after the holidays, mark new gifts with an identification number and record new serial numbers.

- If you have house guests, advise them of your security precautions and make sure they follow them.

- Avoid leaving boxes from purchases (especially TV’s, VCR’s, computer, etc.) out on the curb for trash pick-up, at the very least fold them so the product labels don't show.