It's an unfortunate reality that we have to stay aware of our surroundings at all times--even in some of the places where we tend to feel safest. But we do.

Stalking, creeping, and even human trafficking can take place even in broad daylight and in populated areas right here in East Texas--if we're not careful.

One of the places that many of us, especially women, tend to feel safe is at one of our favorite shopping locales--Target.

This is especially upsetting as we're going into the Christmas shopping season. After all, this is one of the happiest times of the year. However, creeps don't take breaks during the holidays. So please be careful.

Recently on TikTok, women have been sharing their stories of encounters with stalker-types at Target.

Many of these encounters took place in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, because many women feel safe they're less likely to be on their guard.

Here's a story shared by one woman who was being stalked at a Target. However, she thought the guys following her were likely undercover security at the store. But turns out that wasn't the case--->

@liccalollipopBE AWARE #target#traffickingawarenes#fyp#awareness♬ Creepy, scary, horror, synth, tension - Sound Production Gin

Here's another story shared by three sisters who were shopping at Target when a man they didn't know started talking to them and asking them strange questions. But then it got scary--->

@localhijabiyoHuman trafficking is REAL! Kidnapping is REAL! #PSA #sextraffikingawareness #beawareofyoursurroundings #foryoupage #fyp #viral #target

♬ original sound - Hiyam

Here's another one that I find particularly horrifying regarding a new human trafficking technique. Please be aware and share with your friends and family.--->  

@keya_ashimiSharing because I had a similar experience in #target#humantraffickingawareness#becareful#warning⚠️#IDeserveTuitionContest#targetstore#warning

♬ original sound - Content Creator & Influencer

And another one. This young woman was just running errands at the same Target where she is employed.--->

@justarachael Share to save a life ☹️ be careful ladies, they’re at TARGET now #sextraffikingawareness#target#humantraffickingawareness#fyp ♬ original sound - Rach

And here's a cautionary tale regarding the dangers of selling things to people on the internet.--->  

@kayla.nicole.gI can do PT 2 if you want if not, just be careful #storytime#stranger#danger#awareness#target

♬ Bongo cha-cha-cha - Remastered - Caterina Valente Here's another "chapter" in this scary drama. Unfortunately "Part 2" is currently unavailable.--->

@kayla.nicole.gReply to @its_me_right_here no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t brought my 6’2’ BF, there would be a diff ending to this story #creepy#stranger♬ Levitating - Dua Lipa

Bottom line? PLEASE be careful, friends. I understand this is the LAST thing we want to hear about as we go into what is supposed to be one of the most "wonderful times of the year." And obviously, we still love shopping at Target and it's never wise to live in fear. But please stay safe. And PLEASE share this with your friends and family. It could save lives. Much love to you and yours this holiday season.

Speaking of Christmas-time, let's talk about something happier now, shall we? Like Christmas Tree Farms and fun in ETX!

Find that Perfect Christmas Tree for Your Family at These East Texas Christmas Tree Farms

East Texas has many great places to find that tree to decorate for all the presents to go underneath.

And don't forget to visit one of our East Texas Christmas Light Drive-Through Parks!

Highlight Photos from Carmela's Magical Santa Land in Longview, Texas

Here's a few highlight photos from recent years past and a glimpse of what you can look forward to this Christmas season at Carmela's Magical Santa Land!

Tips to Avoid Being a Target to Porch Pirates

As we approach the holiday season Porch Pirates will be looking to see what they can steal. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a target.

More From 101.5 KNUE