Experts give Black Friday safety tips

Expert: Black Friday is one of the most popular days of the year for property crimes

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist,
Published On: Nov 21 2012 06:00:58 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 21 2012 09:28:21 PM CST

While the masses flock to the malls on Friday, criminals will be zeroing in on their stuff.

KSAT Crime Specialist Eddie Gonzales said the annual shopping bonanza is one of the worst days of the year for crimes like vehicle burglary, identity theft and pick-pocketing.

“Criminals head out when consumers do because it becomes a target-rich environment for them,” said Gonzales.

He said consumers should avoid bringing too many credit cards out with them, and only take them out upon paying, lest prying eyes might steal the card number.

Gonzales also said to have a plan with your children, if the little ones will tag along on the big day.

“You never know when you might get separated in a crowd, so make sure you have a planned meet-up spot in case that happens,” said Gonzales.

Parking lots are also hot spots for crime, as thieves rummage through cars and trucks while their owners are inside.

“Most times car burglars won’t break in unless they see something of value,” said Gonzales. “Make sure nothing is visible in your car, and if you put bags inside and go back in the store, put them in the trunk.”’

Below, you can find ten more tips from the National Crime Prevention Council on how to create a personal safety plan for Black Friday.