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How to deter thieves from ruining your garage sale

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It's that time of the year for garage sales, but thieves are also targeting them.

Jordan Shelton spent Tuesday getting ready for his first garage sale.

"Dude, if we could sell everything that would be killer," he said. "We're just trying to get everything that we don't need out and maybe make a couple of dollars here and there off of it."

Shelton is hoping to make some money before he moves into his new apartment, but he knows he'll have to take some precautions first.

"Somebody's got to be watching at all times, that's for sure. We're not going to be leaving the house. ‘Put our money right here and take the items that you want,'" he said.

That's not all people should do to protect themselves, their products and revenue.

Police recommend that if someone is throwing a garage sale to make sure they close their doors, keep them locked and never let anybody inside. They should also make sure to keep their cash away from customers and their expensive items in a safe area.

James Fister liked what he saw at the garage sale and bought a new bike.

"I love finding a good deal," he said. "I actually probably shouldn't be buying it because I'm moving, but I just can't resist a new bicycle, something to play with at a steal of a price."

To make sure nobody steals anything, Shelton also plans on making sure he gets names and places them with faces.

Police also recommend those hosting garage sales don't put their phone number on any garage sale signs.

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