The holiday shopping season is a busy time of year for car thieves. Portland Police Lt. Kelli Sheffer says if you're at a mall and make a trip to your car to leave gifts the trunk, remember there might be eyes watching you. It's also a good idea to put all valuables out of sight and Sheffer says that even includes loose change. Park in a well lit area and watch your surroundings to prevent a car jacking.
Also, You’ll be out shopping or doing some buying online during the holiday season. There are some tips you should follow to avoid I.D. theft. Eric Smith of Wells Fargo says you should be wary of what you disclose on the Internet and monitor purchase activity. Smith says don't disclose such things as social security number, mother's maiden name, bank account numbers, your phone number and address or user names and passwords.