Safety tips for Black Friday shopping

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) - Black Friday is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. While some are lined up at stores like Best Buy across the country others were more concerned about staying safe while shopping.

Shoppers are out trying to get that one of a kind gift and thieves are ready and willing to take it. That’s why local police are patrolling shopping malls and plazas over the holidays to keep customers safe. Some shoppers FOX 2 spoke to say they have their own set of rules. They also see others who can easily become targets.

“I carry a different bag I don’t carry the same purse I carry a backpack purse and I’m with my husband usually.” said shopper River Fronczak

Shopper Kelly Flynn said “I drop every bag off when I can so it doesn’t seem like I’m carrying too much and I keep what I carry light.  “I bad habit I notice is a lot of people will come with bags stacked up on their arms and big boxes.

Police suggest you carry a minimal amount of cash and you should keep it along with ID’s in your front pocket. They also say you should use credit or debit. It’s also best to avoid wearing expensive jewelry and park in well lit spaces.  It’s also best to avoid parking close to vans, cars with dark tint and trucks with campers. Another note is if you unload your bags and plan to do more shopping it might be good to shift your parking spot.


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