Black Friday safety tips: Don’t be a victim

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Black Friday means extra foot traffic, but as you attack the deals, thieves are just as active.

"What you're trying to do is prevent the opportunity from the crime happening," said Captain Thomas Presley with Huntsville Police.

As you plan to shop, remember: the place you're most vulnerable is sitting in the parking lot.

"It's always best not to leave anything of value left in the car while you're out shopping," said Presley. "These can be opportunities for the criminal element who may want to take advantage of the situation."

Anything left in plain view can make you a victim, especially shopping bags.

It's common knowledge that someone could be after electronics in the car. According to Presley, many shoppers are in such a rush that they leave their vehicles unlocked or they throw shopping bags in the backseat without trying to hide them from view.

But Presley said something that has nothing to do with the holiday shopping sprees could also make you a target.

"No one should leave a prescription or pharmacy bag in plain view," said Presley. "Those individuals looking for that sort of thing, it's there for them to take."

But above all, Presley says that if confronted by a thief, never fight for your belongings.

"If someone wants it bad enough, let them have it. Your safety is worth more than anything you can buy or give as a gift."

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