BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As you're browsing through those Black Friday ads, don't forget to keep safety in mind. Authorities say the holiday shopping season is a prime time for predators. Baton Rouge Police Corporal Don Coppola says there are many things you can do to protect yourself.
"It's a good idea to shop with friends or family instead of by yourself. Don't wear expensive clothing or jewelry while shopping, you don't want to act flashy," said Coppola
While you're in those many parking lots, he said you should also be conscious of your surroundings. Shopper Bambi Lee said she is doing all she can to protect herself this holiday season.
"I think that is really sad and that's definitely true, but I will be locking my car, and my trunk so I will be protected," said Lee.
Stores look to beef up security this Friday to handle the massive crowds of shoppers looking to get a great deal.