WAAY 31 sat down with Decatur police to go over some key components of having a safe, yet fun black Friday shopping experience.
DPD said its easy for people to get caught up in the hustle of holiday shopping, especially with so many people around.
However, they say its important to be aware of your surroundings so you don't end up with stolen items.
One of the first pieces of advice police offer is to always go shopping in a group and make sure you're in a well lit area.
That way, you'll have less of a chance of becoming a target.
"Once you get to the store make sure you have a cross body purse, or you keep your wallet in your front pocket.
Try and keep it concealed underneath your coat so someone can't grab it or try and get it from you and do not carry large bills," said Emme Long, with Decatur Police.
It's also advised to that once you purchase you items, place them in the trunk so they're competely out of sight.
- BLACK FRIDAY: Shopping safety
- Get ready for Black Friday shopping with these apps
- Watch out for these Black Friday shopping scams
- Black Friday shoppers line up for deals
- Thanksgiving, Black Friday Store Hours: When will stores open for Black Friday?
- Thanksgiving sunshine will be followed by Black Friday Rain
- Teen charged in Black Friday mall shooting in Mississippi
- Football Friday weather safety protocols and bag use rules
- Kerryon Johnson takes kids shopping
- Walmart and Target seize on the first Black Friday without Toys 'R' Us