Officials urge safety while Black Friday shopping

Officials urge safety while Black Friday shopping

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Thanksgiving holiday is less than a week away, which also means Black Friday shopping is right around the corner.

It's one of the busiest shopping days of the year, so before you head out to start checking items off your holiday lists, law enforcement officials have some safety tips you need to keep in mind.

Officials with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said shoppers will see more deputies on patrol for the busy shopping day, but the biggest thing shoppers need to remember is to lock your car doors, and hide your valuables.

Officials said everything from purses to purchases need to be locked in the trunk of your car if they aren't with you while you're shopping. The phrase to remember: Less is more. Meaning the less things in the backseat of your car, the safer they will be from potential burglars.

Officials also recommend parking your car in a well lit area, and carpooling with friends to ensure safety in numbers.

But they want to remind everyone, with the amount of people in the stores, and everyone fighting for the same deals. you need to try and stay calm while shopping so fights don't break out in the stores.

"Be mindful of other people and respectful of other people. An iPad's not that important," said Sgt. Shane McDaniel. "If you get to where there's a lot of people, they're going to start bumping into each other. I'm sure it's not meant aggressively, it will come across as aggressive. It's not an invitation to start a physical altercation. Obviously we do not want to see someone hurt because they want to get a $20 deal on an iPad."

Sgt. McDaniel said you also need to keep a close eye on your purse while shopping, and when at the cash register, try and hide your credit card number from those around you. Sgt. McDaniel said credit card fraud cases tend to go up around the holidays, so be sure to keep a close eye on your bank accounts over the holiday season to make sure strange charges aren't popping up on your bank statements.

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