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Police remind shoppers to be aware this holiday season

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Some shoppers enjoy being part of the holiday rush.

Others like Jan Kruse aren't the least bit fond of it.

"I usually have a plan of what I want, and I can usually get it all done.  I"am not the big crowd shopper," Kruse said.

Kruse plans on having her shopping list checked off by Thanksgiving.

But even shopping early doesn't mean avoiding crowds.  Scheels in Coralville has seen heavy foot traffic already the weekend before the madness is supposed to begin.

"A lot of people getting in buying stuff already for Christmas even before we get into buying into Thanksgiving," said Matt Untiedt, an assistant sales leader at Scheels. 

Retailers  work extra hard this time of year to help protect from criminal behavior and to accommodate the high demand.

"We definitely have more staff during the day just to help with the large crowds that we have," Untiedt said.

Police remind people there's plenty they can do to shop smart this time of year and to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.

Kruse says this time of year she takes a couple of extra safeguards to limit her vulnerability.

"We make lots of trips out to the car and lock everything in the trunk. That's basically it. We don't carry a lot of cash with us," she said.

Police recommend shoppers carry a single credit or debit card instead of a large amount of bills.

Valuables in the car should be kept out of sight and shoppers should park in well-lit areas.

Police also recommend for consumers to have a plan in place and to tell kids where to go and who to talk to if separated.

It may not hurt for those like Kruse  to get the shopping done ahead of the worst of the rush.

It could help make this Black Friday a little less hectic.

"I'm sleeping," Kruse said.

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