LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - What can you do to protect yourself as you go Black Friday Shopping? Lafayette Police have some tips for you to keep in mind.
"Plan your trip before you ever leave home. Plan your route, don't get in a hurry, everyone is going to be in a hurry to get these good bargains," said Liutenant Jim Taul.
He said they only see a slight increase in violent crimes and thefts during the holiday season, but you should still be aware.
"It just provides a wonderful opportunity for people who want to become theives," he said.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Lt. Taul recommends only bringing one credit card with you. He added that credit is better than debit because it is an easier process to cancel purchases with banks.
And if you must bring a purse with you, make sure it's one that can securely close.
"We have a lot of thefts from people who put their purse over their chair especially if they leave it open, where the thieves can get in and remove the bill fold and within 30 minutes they've gone on a shopping spree before the victim even knows they've been a victim," he said.
Some other tips include parking in a well lit area, keeping your car keys in hand at all times, and paying attention to what's going on around you. Also make sure your phone is fully charged and to leave if you sense danger.
"Don't be reading your phone messages on the way to the car, be aware of your surroundings," he said.
So that everyone can have a happy and safe time cashing in on those bargains.
Some stores that will be open Thursday evening are Best Buy, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, and Walmart. On Friday, you'll be able to go to PetSmart, Barnes and noble, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.