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Police have tips to keep your Black Friday purchases safe

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A warning from Quincy police tonight.

You may not be the only one admiring all the new merchandise you bought on this Black Friday, police say thieves are too.

Police say this is the time of year when they see the most retail burglaries.

And the main target isn't your house, it's your car.

Police say just because you live in a small town doesn't put you at any less of a risk to be burglarized.

"I have had a couple people who there place has gotten broken in to some things stolen," said Travis Herman, a Black Friday shopper.

Herman says he knows all too well the dangers that can come with buying pricey items on Black Friday.

Herman says what makes this day a prime target for burglars is because shoppers are going to multiple stores, leaving a bundle of gifts sitting in their car.

"If you could I would say swing by your place and drop your new items off that you're buying so you can go to the store," said Herman.

Quincy Police officer Tom Miller patrols the Quincy Mall regularly and says retail burglaries are at their highest right now.

"This time of the year a lot of people might be rummaging through cars looking for cash and cigarettes, other guys are going for the cameras the GPS', computers, TV's whatever they can find in the car," said Officer Miller.

Officer Miller advises shoppers to lock their doors and put purses or wallets in the trunk so they aren't visible.  

While Herman says he likes to see the good in people, he says you always have to keep your guard up, especially when pricey items are on the line.

"One thing is, it might be your neighbor it might be one of your friends who actually do it too, you have to just watch who you hang out with," said Herman.

Officer Miller says when you get your items home, don't leave the boxes for a TV or other electronics out by the curb, because that only advertises to burglars what you just bought.

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