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      Tips to avoid falling prey to holiday thieves

      The holiday season is prime time for thieves looking to make a quick buck.

      It is the time of year police see a rise of burglaries and thefts.

      The Edinburg Police Department have a few tips that will keep residents from becoming easy prey for bad guys.

      "These are things that most of us know about but its important every year that we the police remind people that these are things not to do in the holiday so you can avoid becoming a victim," Officer Balde Gomez, Edinburg Police Department said.

      First, avoid leaving boxes on the curb that new electronics and pricy items are packaged in.

      "You are advertising to different people that are passing by that are maybe looking for a place to burglarize you are advertising what exactly you purchased," Gomez said.

      Instead wait to toss the box on the day your city picks up the trash or take them to a recycling center.

      The next tip is a little more obvious.

      When spending the day shopping, never leave shopping bags in plan site inside your car

      "Take all those bags and purchases and put them in your trunk of your vehicle where they are not visible to the public," Gomez said

      If you are hitting multiple stores and have time take your items home that way bad guys are not tempted to break into your car

      Police also recommend carrying as little identification and credit cards as possible when shopping

      "It's recommended you carry the one that you think you will use the most, its recommended you don TMt carry large amounts of cash," Gomez said.

      These are simple tips that could save you from falling victim to a Christmas Grinch.