Police Have Plan Of Action For Black Friday Shopping
by Chris Cannon
MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet will be a popular place with shoppers this Black Friday. It will also be a destination for criminals looking to take advantage of the chaos.
"There are more people and the criminals are able to blend a lot easier in crowds," said Sgt. Tyler Chandler of the Mt. Juliet Police Department.
On Friday, Mt. Juliet will put Operation Safe Shopper in action. It will triple the number of officers patrolling the city's shopping districts.
Those officers will be in marked and unmarked cars, on foot, riding bikes and even on horseback watching shoppers and anyone who may try to prey on them.
Parking lots will be a major focus for those officers.
"Breaking into vehicles is also a problem during the shopping season," according to Sgt. Chandler.
Police officers can only do so much; shoppers have to be vigilant so they do not become victims.
One way to do that is to store your purchases out of sight when you put them in your car. Leaving them on the seat is an open invitation to criminals.
"Because he knows if he breaks into that car, he knows he's going to come out with something good," Sgt. Chandler said.
He also suggested shopping with only the necessities this year, to cut down on your chances of becoming a theft victim.
"It's always good if you just go shopping if you carry an ID and a credit card. Don't carry a large purse if you're a female. Even a large wallet stuffed with cash, just simply carry what you're going to need," Sgt. Chandler said.
Mt. Juliet has also worked on the traffic signals in and around the city's shopping districts. They have been time to make traffic move more smoothly. Officers will also be available to direct traffic, if needed.