Police Give Shoppers Safety Tips for Black Friday

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

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.

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  • by Curt on Nov 20, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    and where is are the tips here? The story should have the tips that are given out so everyone can see what the tips are, because not everyone can make it down to Rockford this weekend....... bad reporting in my opinion
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      by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:34 AM in reply to Curt
      If you don't get one of the tip sheets then do what most people over the years have done and use common sense. 1. Don't carry all your credit cards and cash just what you will use that day. 2. If you have a large purse switch to just a wallet or a small purse that you can keep very close to you. 3. Don't leave your purse unattended even for a second hold onto it even when it is sitting in a cart. 4. keep your wallet in a front pocket not your coat or back pocket. 5. Lock all your purchases in your trunk, if you don't have a trunk make sure to have a blanket or tarp to cover them with and save your largest purchases till the last stop then go home and unload before going elsewhere. Don't use your car to hide the presents if you can't hide them at home see if a family member or friend will keep them for you. And for after Christmas don't just use the big boxes to hold all the garbage from the day break them down and put them in a dark black garbage bag if you need to use 2 so that people driving by can't see what you and your family just got. Usually the days between Christmas and New Years are prime time for theives to see what houses they will hit and what they can get. Basicly if you use common sense you and your family should have a safe holiday season. Good luck
  • by Wanda on Nov 20, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    I hope these extra guards will be armed, as I'm certain the criminals will be.
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