Today, Black Friday, is the biggest sales day of the year and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping frenzy that happens annually.

But Rio Rancho Police say it can get out of hand in a hurry.

“If you are heading out this holiday season, please keep these safety tips in mind. As always, if you see something say something,” RRPD said.

Just a few years ago in 2019 a fight broke out at an Albuquerque Walmart over Black Friday deals. And that wasn’t the only incident.

The United States is notorious for this shopping battle and reports of fights and injuries are just part of it.

However, some stores have extended the length of Black Friday for the whole month of November rather than just the one day.

Either way, RRPD wants residents to be careful.

Here is their advice on the matter:

  • Be aware of your surroundings: Never leave personal items and packages unattended. Be alert when loading purchases into your vehicle and lock car doors immediately after you get in.
  • Keep your cool: Don’t fight over items with other customers! Even the best of deals is not worth a criminal charge.
  • Use a single credit card: Thieves are attracted to cash. To avoid getting your wallet stolen, consider taking only one credit card.
  • Don’t shop alone: Shopping alone can make you more vulnerable to theft. Try to bring a buddy or let someone know of your shopping rout.