TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo Police Department is being proactive in warning the public of the dangers of panhandlers.
"Let management or local law enforcement know if someone is aggressive in approaching you," said Capt. Chuck McDougald.
According to McDougald, December is the month of giving, but only deal with people you feel comfortable with.
“You never know what they are going to use it for. They may say they are getting food or gasoline but they may have other issues,” said Susan Gilbert with the Salvation Army.
According to McDougald, try to steer people to organizations designed to help people in a crisis such as the Salvation Army other than giving them money directly.