With shoppers preparing to flood local stores this week, Rockford police expect car burglaries to increase with the crowds.
"The crime needs to be cut down and I think it is a big safety factor for the customers who are shopping. Times are hard and it's probably going to become worse than it has in the past. It's good to be aware, Christmas shopping time can be very dangerous", says shopper Lee Marks.
Police and volunteers are handing out tip sheets to shoppers to help prepare for black Friday weekend. Officers ask that if you do go shopping, keep all of your purchases in the trunk and make sure to report any suspicious activity around your vehicle.
Police will hand out more than 15 hundred fliers this weekend, and say the reminders could stretch past the holiday season.
"The community response has been overwhelming, they're thanking us for the valuable information, indicating that they needed it. So it's definitely something that we want to continue and maybe not just at the holiday season. You know, as the summer rolls around I could see us doing it again”, says Sgt. Carla Redd of the Rockford Police Department.
Some stores are bringing in extra security for black Friday. The East State Street Wal-Mart is bringing in an additional 30 guards to prevent burglaries.