The Laurens County Sheriff's Office hopes to stay a few steps ahead of scammers this holiday season.
A care free trip to the store could quickly turn into more than you bargained for.
Sheriff Bill Harrell says thieves are taking a new approach to catching you off guard. "Say you see a sticker on your car... do you pull it off before when you get into the car or do you drive down the road and say, 'this thing is aggravating me to death I believe I'm going to stop and get it off.'"
That's when Harrell says thieves can strike. According to the sheriff, this type of carjacking scam is becoming more common across the country and he wants to raise awareness.
Harrell says, "We're very concerned and we are going to be very safety conscience for folks in our community . Times are hard now and folks need to be very careful about what they do.
Sheriff Harell says the best advice he has for shoppers or for anyone who has to cross a parking lot to get to their car is: if you feel uncomfortable ask someone to escort you. He says during the holiday season several stores have more employees to help.