How to stay safe during Black Friday
Shoppers searching for Black Friday deals now that Thanksgiving is over
ORLANDO, Fla. – Shoppers are searching for those Black Friday deals now that Thanksgiving is over.
Despite the gloomy weather, people are showing up to shop.
But law enforcement officials want to remind people that even in the light of day, thieves are scouting out their next victims.
"We're going to be out in numbers and uniforms. We'll be out in plain clothes. We'll be working with private security to survey these ares," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
There are small things you can do that could make a big impact to keep you and your family safe.
When you walk to your car have your keys out and ready.
Those deals you just bought, make room in your vehicle for them so they're out of sight.
And if you have the smallest inkling that something isn't right when you're shopping ask for a security escort.
They're more than willing to help.
"They are always willing to give escorts to your vehicle if you feel unsafe. Especially late at night since we have extended hours. Or early in the morning," said Erica Guiterrez with Seminole Towne Center.
Seminole Towne Center has security personnel both inside and outside.
There is a security number on a sign near the welcome kiosk that you can call if you need it.
"Should it be an issue. It's easily accessible but again, we have our security walking around so more times than not, you can find somebody and grab them. And we also have housekeeping that is walking around constantly cleaning, so they can even grab them. We all have walkie-talkies," Guiterrez said.
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