IMPD provides holiday shopping safety tips before Black Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 26, 2014) -- If you're preparing to spend a lot of money on Black Friday, it's also time to consider how you'll keep yourself safe.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is out with some simple tips, but shoppers we found say they have some tips of their own.

Beebe and Samuel Berhe, brother and sister, are certainly not novices when it comes to holiday shopping. The same goes when talking about being safe while at the mall.

"We stick together, so I think when there's two people, it's a lot better," Beebe said. "And he's a guy so that helps me."

Beebe's brother says he keeps his bags close to him, and is aware of his surroundings. That is important to do, because when you're caught in the crowds, it may be more difficult to spot a crime until it's too late.

"Just as they're having a plan to go out there, thieves know they're going to go out there," said IMPD Officer Rafael Diaz

Diaz says you should guard their money.

"Try to carry a smaller purse, that's not going to be open, one that closes securely. Keep it under your arm. Also, don't leave your bag unattended in a shopping cart," Diaz said.

Guys, don't put your wallet in your back pocket. Take some money and put it in a front pocket because pickpocketing can happen very quickly. Also, guard your purchases.

"Depending on how much you buy, you run out to your car and drop it off and go back to another store. Try to avoid that," Diaz said.

You can also do what shopper Caitlyn Gardner does.

"Definitely keep blankets in your car, I would say, and just cover stuff up as much as possible," Gardner said.

IMPD will also be patrolling parking lots and business areas, not just on Black Friday, but right up until Christmas.

Our partners at the Indianapolis Star compiled a list of all things Black Friday. Click here for more.

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