Theft tends to rise as the holidays near
There are more shoppers around the holidays, which means there's also more crime.
Illinois State Police want to remind shoppers to keep their belongings safe.
You're encouraged to keep your purse or wallet close to your body or in front of you.
Wallets are safer in front and/or in buttoned pockets.
"I've seen in different stores, someone leaves their purse in the cart," Trooper Sean Ramsey said. "They might be just a few feet away, all it takes is for someone to snatch it and run,"
When you're parking, Ramsey said to park far from other cars so criminals are less likely to target your vehicle.