Law enforcement beefs up security for Black Friday
BATON ROUGE - Local law enforcement agencies in Baton Rouge have plans to triple the amount of patrols you normally see at area malls for Black Friday.
It's one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and they're taking no chances. Baton Rouge Police say it's all an effort to make sure thieves or other criminals don't steal your Christmas spirit.
Holidays can bring out the best in people, but also the worst. That's why the Mall of Louisiana and the Mall at Cortana aren't taking any chances with your security.
Martina Girgas always stays aware of her surroundings.
"If anything, I try to limit what I bring with me so nothing happens there," Girgas said.
In light of recent security issues around the nation and the world, law enforcement wants to ensure that you are safe. Police are tripling the amount of officers that typically work at the Mall of Louisiana. There will also be officers directing traffic and some that you won't see.
Although the exact number of officers wasn't released as to who will be patrolling on Friday, we're told there will be a lot of plain clothes officers out at the mall. So, just because you don't see someone in uniform doesn't mean they're not patrolling.
"Walk with confidence," Don Coppola with Baton Rouge Police said. "If you have an uneasy feeling, approach security."
Currently, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office patrols the four anchor stores around the mall. We're also told they are beefing up security.
"It makes you feel a lot safer," Girgas said.
Others make it a point to travel in groups.
"I always go with someone else,"Katie Wood said. "I never go by myself."
A number of stores will begin opening tomorrow at 5 p.m. Authorities say if you don't feel safe, they'll escort you and your packages to your car. All you have to do is ask.