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Metro warns shoppers about car break-ins

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Police recommend always hiding purchases in your trunk rather than placing them in the back seat. (FOX5) Police recommend always hiding purchases in your trunk rather than placing them in the back seat. (FOX5)

Black Friday shopping will start on Thursday for many Valley residents after Thanksgiving dinner.  

Las Vegas Metro police say this is often when car break-ins will happen because so many people are out late at night through the early morning hours.

"Some of the things that we'll see are larceny from persons. There are street robberies. These crimes are crimes of opportunity," Officer Larry Hadfield from Metro said.

On Wednesday, some shoppers were seen out and about looking to get deals ahead of the Black Friday frenzy.

One shopper was seen loading a large television in the back of his truck. However, Hadfield said this could incite a theft.

"Make sure you lock, take and hide," Hadfield said. "First, lock your car, take what items that you can with you and hide everything else."

Shopper Michael Hill said he always heeds this advice. "Everything goes in the trunk out of sight. I don't want anything visible where people can see that."

While police recommend a buddy system when shopping, Hill said he usually shops alone but still remains cautious if something seems suspicious.

"Anything suspicious - [I] take precautions, go back in the store, wait until they leave," Hill said.

Metro says the best way for shoppers to prevent a car break-in is to place any shopping items in the trunk instead of in the back seat of a vehicle.

Hadfield said more officers will be patrolling the streets through the weekend to try to stop crime before it happens.

"In major shopping complexes. we will have officers roving the parking lots and are there to deter crime along and catch crimes in progress," Hadfield said.

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