The holidays are at hand. It’s a special time of the year, generally filled with food, fun, family and tidings of comfort and joy.

Many East Texans will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal while watching football and planning their shopping strategies for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to find that perfect, meaningful gift for everyone on their holiday list. At the same time, shoppers need to be vigilant to avoid thieves trying to pry open their wallets.

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