The biggest shopping day of the year will be Black Friday and the Hoover Police Department is getting ready.
Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said for the past 15 to 18 years the police have stepped up patrols to provide extra security and traffic control of the Galleria and Patton Creek shopping centers.
Chief Derzis said police officers will man key intersections on highways 150 and 31 to keep traffic moving and to avoid traffic congestion.
The police department in the past has maintained its mobile command unit at the Galleria to provide assistance. Chief Derzis said despite the additional police officers shoppers need to take steps to protect their presents.
"Be sure to keep your car locked. Put your presents in the trunk and out of sight...just not in the back seat of the automobile. Police are out here but no question crime starts increasing the day after thanksgiving," Derzis said.
Derzis said the department is expecting a big shopping season and shoppers need to take common sense steps to make it a safe holiday season.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is also advising shoppers to "Lock It, Hide It, Keep It." The office says that around 90 percent of car burglaries last year involved unlocked cars.
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