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Did you survive the Black Friday cold?

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

While plenty of jolly holiday shoppers will scramble to stores for Black Friday deals today, a few Grinches are bound to be out and about.

Unlike Whoville, however, some local cities are beefing up security to stave off any problems during the holiday madness. Some police departments, in fact, are using uniformed and plainclothes officers in busy areas to catch thieves.    

Perkins, Fremont and Norwalk police are placing officers strategically throughout stores today.

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In Perkins, managers at Best Buy, Target and Walmart are paying for extra security — a total of six extra officers along the Milan Road corridor.

In Fremont, Walmart and Kmart have also offered to pay police for an increased presence, Fremont police Capt. Jim White said.

“Some of the stores have hired us to work security for them,” White said. “We do the best we can to fill those requests.”

It’s often more about crowd control than preventing shoplifting, White said.

In Norwalk, police stepped up Thanksgiving Eve patrols on Wednesday, and they plan to place plain-clothes officers in some stores, Norwalk police Capt. Mike Conney said.

“Shoplifting prevention,” Conney said. “That’s our goal.”

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