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Sheriff's department steps up patrols for holiday season

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is stepping up its patrols around malls and shopping centers during the holiday season.

Deputies and Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol members were at the Imperial Beach Promenade Wednesday as part of the Holiday Watch. They were talking to shoppers about the best ways to protect themselves from thieves.

"During the holiday season we've got criminals out there and they're looking for crimes of opportunity. Unlocked vehicles, gifts, packages in cars, nobody's around," Lt. Mark Ryan said.

In addition to locking cars and keeping packages out of sight, authorities are urging shoppers to park in well-lit areas, be aware of their surroundings and always have the car keys out and ready when leaving the store.

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