BEND, OR -- Thousands will flock to area stores over the next several days in search of the best Black Friday deals and Small Business Saturday specials. But, Bend Police Chief Jim Porter says it’s important to slow down and take a few simple precautions to protect your purchases. "People who want to commit thefts are no different than fishermen or hunters; they go where the game is. And the game is in our malls or our shopping blocks where people park; where people hurry. We walk off and leave our car unlocked, full of thousands of dollars worth of presents."
Chief Porter encourages, "People to be alert when you’re in parking areas. Look for things that don’t quite look right amongst the cars, when you get out. Look around your car, and make sure you lock it behind you. If you can, stow your presents in the trunk - 'out of sight is out of mind' for a thief."
And, precautions don't end in the parking lot. "Be vigilant and be accountable for your own purse, your own wallet, your own cards. How often do we get into a hurry because there’s a line behind us? We pack up our purse or wallet and we move on; we get to the car, the next place to go shopping – where the heck is my debit card?"