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How To Stay Safe While Scoring Black Friday Deals

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From crime to crowds, stores are taking extra precautions to keep Black Friday shoppers safe. Police are also putting out tips so shoppers can take safety into their own hands. From crime to crowds, stores are taking extra precautions to keep Black Friday shoppers safe. Police are also putting out tips so shoppers can take safety into their own hands.
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From crime to crowds, stores are taking extra precautions to keep Black Friday shoppers safe. Police are also putting out tips so shoppers can take safety into their own hands.

After 17 years in retail – 17 Black Fridays -- Seth Sherwood has seen it all.

“I had to break up a fistfight between two guys over the last shopping cart," said Sherwood.

That's exactly the kind of frenzy stores are looking to dodge.

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At Best Buy on Woodruff Road in Greenville, they're hiring two off-duty cops to help with rowdy customers, putting all their employees through Black Friday training, and handing out tickets for hot items so people don't rush the merchandise.

“You end up with the fear of, ‘I’m not going to get what I want,' and that's what breeds the craziness where people come rushing in with shopping carts, running over stacks of products to try and grab one from another person,” said Sherwood.

Shopper Lenny Tolbert and his family plan to fan out to several stores at once to see who finds the best deals.

“’It's like 'The Hunger Games.' It's a challenge,” said Tolbert.

But to avoid pickpockets in the crowd, he's leaving his cash at home.

Greenville Police say that's a smart idea.

They're also recommending shoppers take just one credit card so if your wallet gets stolen, you only have to cancel one.

Police also said your family should agree on an area to meet in case you get separated.

Tammi Hart said when she went Black Friday shopping last year, she was worried someone might break into her car and steal her Christmas gifts.

“You're always concerned about somebody watching what you're doing,” said Hart.

She said it's safer to just stay in.

“Stay home and just eat leftovers, watch TV,” said Hart.

After all, she can get deals without the crowds on Cyber Monday.

If you go Black Friday shopping, police said you should be extra careful in parking lots and on the roads. Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson Police Departments all said Black Friday traffic means more crashes. All three plan to have more patrols on the roads that day.

Last Black Friday, Greenville Police responded to six shoplifting incidents and four car break-ins. Anderson Police had seven reports of shoplifting. Spartanburg Public Safety had one shoplifting report and two car break-ins.

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