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Joplin Police Department gears up for Black Friday crowds

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Joplin Police are gearing up for Black Friday crowds along Range Line Road, where many stores will open Thursday night at midnight.

During last year's Black Friday, officials say there were 14 reports of thefts from a vehicle, 8 reports of shoplifting, and 15 other larceny reports.

Officials are hoping to keep the number of crashes down.

The most traffic congestion is expected along Geneva Avenue at 4th Street and 7th Street.

Authorities encourage shoppers to lock car doors, hide valuable items and to park in well-lit areas.

"Walk with a purpose," said Sergeant Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department. "Go from point A to point B. The shortest distance is always the quickest. Don't walk between vehicles. People can hide behind vehicles. You can't see around vehicles, whereas if you walk in the thoroughfares and in the lanes, you can see."

Officials say in years past, intersections often had to be closed or manually patrolled during Black Friday.

However, now, they say traffic flow is more spread out, due to many stores opening earlier and offering hourly shopping deals.
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