Sgt. Casey Dunn with the Conway Police Department explained that officers will be taking some extra time during the holiday season and especially during peak shopping hours on Black Friday to check vehicles parked at shopping centers. Dunn encourages people to lock their valuables and packages inside the trunk of their vehicle before going from store to store and to never leave their bags in plain sight.

“We get all sorts of calls from people who have had their vehicle broken into and had everything taken from them because thieves were enticed by what they could see through the window,” he said. “Don’t make it easy for the thieves, put your packages in the trunk or throw a blanket or coat over them. Most thieves will not break into a vehicle for items they can’t easily see.”

Dunn also has a warning for those that would attempt to steal from others.

“Even if the vehicle isn’t locked and you open the door to remove something, you have committed a class “D” felony, which is punishable by up to six years in prison and fines up to $10,000,” he said. “Taking from others has consequences and we will do whatever we can to catch those who would victimize others.”

To watch a video of Dunn explaining how to keep your vehicle safe while shopping, click here.