Authorities prep for holiday shopping rush
BATON ROUGE- With Black Friday just around the corner, law enforcement agencies are planning to increase security at shopping centers.
Baton Rouge Police plan to use mounted police, bicycle patrols and police cars to monitor parking lots at Cortana Mall. At the Mall of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office plan to increase deputy presence inside the mall. Last year the Sheriff's Office also used a guard tower and police used a helicopter to monitor parking lots.
While law enforcement work to protect you, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
"One thing a lot of people overlook is that identity thieves love the holidays. So you really want to make sure you keep a close eye on your wallet and your purse, definitely don't leave it visible on the front seat of your car," Jess Heid, with Cortana Mall, said.
Authorities also recommend locking valuables in the trunk of your car and keeping wallets zipped inside your purse.
Cortana Mall and Macy's at the Mall of Louisiana open at midnight on Black Friday.