If you're headed out to shop for the annual shopping craze on Black Friday, local authorities have a few safety reminders.
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers says it is best to shop in groups and be aware of your surroundings. A lot of people will out and anyone is susceptible to distractions and losing track of where you may be.
When you get in a busy parking lot, the Chief recommends having your keys ready to go so you're not fumbling through your purse or having to set bags with expensive valuables down leaving them susceptible to theaves.
If you need to make trips to your vehicle outside the shopping center of your choice, Chief Lowers says it is best to try to put those as out of sight as possible. It might even be a good idea to cover those up with a dark blanket.
When you head out, the Chief recommends using debits or checks and limit the amounts of cash you carry. He also recommends limiting the number of items in a purse or wallet to make it easier to get the essentials out.
The Chief wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays.