Brick Township Police issue an advisory to use caution and be aware of your surroundings when you're out shopping this holiday season.Police said on several occasions unsuspecting shoppers have had their purses and electronic devices stolen from their shopping carts and baby carriages.

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There are however several things you can do to prevent victimization, according to police. They advise that you not turn your back to your shopping cart while unlocking the doors of  your vehicle.  Also be aware that thieves sometimes work in pairs with one person trying to distract you as the other attempts to remove your belongings.

Public Information Officer Sergeant Henry Drew also encourages you to call township police if you see something suspicious.  Their number is (732) 262-1100