Stay safe while you shop – tips from the York County Sheriff’s Office

Staff reportsNovember 27, 2013 

  • Store hours

    •  Rock Hill Galleria – Closed Thursday. Open 12:01 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday

    •  Academy Sports + Outdoors – Closed Thursday. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday

    •  Belk – Open 8 p.m. Thursday to midnight Friday

    •  Best Buy – Open 6 p.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday

    •  CVS – Open 24 hours

    •  Dick’s Sporting Goods – Open 8 p.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday

    •  Dollar General – Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday

    •  Family Dollar – Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday

    •  Hibbett Sports – Open 10 p.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday

    •  JC Penney – Open 8 p.m. Thursday to 9 p.m. Friday

    •  Kmart – Open 6 a.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday

    •  Kohl’s – Open 8 p.m. Thursday to midnight Friday

    •  Office Depot – Open 8-11 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

    •  Rite Aid – Open 24 hours

    •  Sears – Open 8 p.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday

    •  Staples – Open 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday

    •  Target – Open 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday

    •  Toys ’R’ Us – Open 5 p.m. Thursday to midnight Friday

    •  Walgreens – Some stores open 24 hours

    •  Walmart – Open 24 hours

As you map out your shopping strategy for later today or “Black Friday,” law enforcement officials suggest you include a safety plan to make sure you – and all your holiday goodies – make it home.

Here are some tips from the York County Sheriff’s Office to help reduce your risk of becoming a victim:

• Lock your car. So far in 2013 the sheriff’s office has investigated 492 automobile break-ins; 341 of those vehicles were left unlocked.

• Don’t leave packages in sight. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

• Try to park close to the store and in well-lit areas. When walking through a parking lot, keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings.

• Don’t buy more than you can carry. Ask a store employee to help you carry packages to your car.

• Shop with a friend. He or she can help carry packages and be a second pair of eyes walking to and from stores.

• Deter pickpockets. Keep your purse closed and near your body. Carry wallets in your front pocket.

• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

• Leave the children at home. Small children could get knocked down by fast-moving adults or get separated from you.

• If you must shop with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall or store security employees if they need help.

• Make sure your phone is charged. Having your cellphone charged on Black Friday is important as you can easily get lost from your friends.

• Don’t post details of your shopping trip on social media. Posting that you will be away from your home for several hours could tell a “friend” or a “friend of a friend,” who just might pay your house an unwelcome visit.

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