For at least 30 years there have been reports of violence occurring between shoppers on Black Friday. Despite frequent attempts to control the crowds of shoppers, injuries are common among the crowds; usually as a result of being pushed or thrown to the ground in stampedes as a popular business opens it’s doors to the awaiting crowds of people.
Shoppers have used all types of weapons, from knives to guns and even pepper spray to get ahead of each other. Many aggressive shoppers simply overpower others with physical violence to grab the last of a bargain in inventory.
Shopping with Children
Due to the potentially violent atmosphere of the day, we recommend you do not take children shopping in large crowds, but if you must:
Keep children close to you by holding hands or having them hold on to your clothing in crowded situations.
Teach children to know their full name, address and your cell phone number.
Teach children that it is only safe to seek help from people in security or police uniforms or behind the counter of a store.
Carry up-to-date information about your children on your person; photo, fingerprints, and any forms of ID to share with security to aid in identifying your child if he or she is lost in the crowd.
DO NOT allow your child to go to a restroom or any other area alone.
Here are some important tips to make your Black Friday shopping trip safer and smarter
Any time there is a large, anxious crowd converging the mixture of personalities can result in dangerous situations. As a result of this intense atmosphere, people are distracted and can easily fall victim to other dangers outside of violence such as theft. With that in mind:
If you plan to camp out in dark hours prior to a store opening, do not do it alone – have someone with you and be sure your cell phone is fully charged in case you need to contact police for assistance.
Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels while in crowded situations.
When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
Keep a record of all your credit card numbers (recommended: photograph the front and back of each) and notify your credit card issuer immediately if your card is lost, stolen or misused.
Avoid carrying more packages than you can easily handle even if you have to make multiple trips to your vehicle to carefully store these packages in your trunk that is better than the distraction of handling multiple packages in a crowd.
Beware of any strangers approaching you. Con-artists thrive during the holiday season working together with methods of distracting you while taking your money or belongings.
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