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Black Friday Safety: Watch out for thieves

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If you plan on shopping on Black Friday, police are urging customers to to watch out for thieves.

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, while you're looking for that perfect gift, thieves are looking for possible targets.

That's why Sgt. Adam Glueck says the key is paying attention to your surroundings.

"Instead of looking down at your phone, kind of look around, look at where you're going," Glueck said. "You can have your phone handy, if you need to use that to call for help. But I wouldn't be so involved in your phone, if you're sending a text or you're dialing a number  that you're missing what is going on out around you."

Some other safety tips include:

  • Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or store some of your gifts in the car.
  • If you use your car for storage, make sure you lock it. Thieves are notorious for breaking into unlocked vehicles.
  • Save all receipts. This will help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in, in case a thief winds up with your credit card information.
  • Don’t flash the cash. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as disposable credit cards or money orders. If you shop with a credit/debit card, using a single credit card is safer because it’s easier to cancel one card than several if your purse or wallet is stolen.
  • Never leave your purse unattended. Police say all it takes is one moment when your back is turned for a thief to grab your belongings. It is recommended wrapping the child seatbelt in the shopping cart around your purse if you do put your purse in the cart.
  • Wait until asked by a cashier before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.

Glueck says extra officers will be in and around stores on Black Friday in case anything happens.

"They're there for any incidents that we have at that store or if we have cases of shoplifting or things of that nature," Glueck said. "You will see officers in the parking lot or walking around in the store. Not necessarily because something is wrong, those officers are there in case we need them."

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