Extra security for Black Friday shopping

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There were many people at Best Buy’s doors, waiting for them to open at 5:00 p.m. Most were excited, but some were keeping an eye out as the recent ISIS attacks are on their minds.

“I was a little nervous about coming out here. That is why I don’t want to go on the map. I didn’t want to go in the back where it was dark,” said Terry Simpson of Farmington.

The Black Friday shopping line wrapped around Best Buy. There were almost 1,000 people waiting for the hot deals, but safety is on the front of everyone’s mind. Police hired for crowd control are also looking for potential terrorist threats Coby Prusaccyk says the police presence is reassuring, but the threat is still there.

“Everyone is out in the open. Yes, there are police officers around, but it can happen anytime, anywhere,” said Prusaccyk.

Some in line feel this is the perfect opportunity and they are a little nervous and a little on edge.

“I am legal to carry, but I didn’t bring it with me. I thought about it,” said Simpson.

Lt. Stephen Estes of the West Hartford Police Department says the best thing people can do while waiting in line is keep your eyes open, be alert, and be aware of what is going on around you.

“The first thing I tell people is put your cell phones away. The whole epidemic of people walking around looking at the ground while they’re texting to me is a recipe for disaster,” said Estes.

Police say if you see something, say something, but you have to say something quickly because the sooner you can report it, the sooner they can get on it and avert a disaster.

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