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Summit Police Share Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

If you are shopping alone, ask security personnel to escort you to your car, police advise.

In light of Sunday's deadly carjacking, in which a 30-year-old attorney was shot at the Mall at Short Hills, the Summit Police Department shared suggestions offered by police departments and security firms about how best to remain safe at malls this holiday season.

• Park in well-lit areas close to your destination. “Parking lots and structures are typically the most dangerous places at the mall,” according to security firm ADT. If shopping alone ask security personnel for an escort to your car. Carry your keys in your hand to use as a weapon if necessary.

• When entering your car, remember E.L.F.S. — Enter the car, Lock the doors, Fasten seat belts and Scram, recommended the Monmouth County, New Jersey Sheriff’s Office in a statement.

•Pick restrooms in well-lit and well-trafficked areas of the mall. Always accompany children to the restroom.

•Be mindful of your surroundings and the things you’re carrying. Don’t overload yourself with packages or become distracted by your cell phone.

•Always know where the closest exit is located in case of fire or another emergency.

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