Black Friday may be the biggest shopping day of the year, but it's also a busy day for thieves looking to steal your new treasures before you even get them home.
"So one of the things we're going to be doing going into the holiday weekend, is we're going to be intensively patrolling on foot some of the downtown shopping areas," says Captain Brad Arleth with the
Spokane Police department.
"One of the things we really want to push and remind people of is not to leave valuables visible in their car. That makes a really easy target for thieves," adds Arleth.
He says any form of concealment will go a long ways towards ensuring your presents make it under the tree.
�"What we'll see is people going from store to store and they'll put their items in their car. We really want them to lock those up under the cover in an SUV, or�lock them up in their trunk. It only takes a second, but it really takes away some of the easy pickings."
Since May, reported crime is down 18 percent in downtown due to an increase in police patrols, but that doesn't mean your stuff is safe once you start heading home.