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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Increased police presence greets LA County’s Black Friday shoppers

by Steven Herbert | City News Service

Thousands of malls and stores in Los Angeles County flocked to Los Angeles County on Friday, November 26 amid an increased police presence in response to recent “flash mobs” burglaries and robberies to mark the arrival of Black Friday.

The Los Angeles Police Department “will dedicate resources to some of these high-end places to prevent further acts of violence,” Chief Michelle Moore told the police commission at Tuesday’s meeting, a day after the looting and looting. By at least 20 people at Nordstrom’s store in the Fairfax District’s upscale Grove Shopping Center.

According to a statement from the LAPD, on Wednesday, groups of suspects entered several stores in Beverly Center and grabbed merchandise without paying and fled.

Robbers also attacked a security guard on Wednesday evening and stole designer handbags worth about $25,000 from Nordstrom’s store in Canoga Park’s Westfield Topanga Mall.

Shopkeeper Monica Garcia told ABC7 that the robbery was “very disturbing” and made her “reluctant to come to Nordstrom or even the mall and do my shopping.”

Citadel outlets in Commerce open for Black Friday shopping Thursday at 8 p.m. with new security measures.

“Let’s just say within a minute to two minutes after an alarm goes off, centers need to be shut down as far as access or outside we’ve been able to do that,” manager David Blagt told ABC 7.

While Black Friday is considered the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, it “stopped being a one-day event years ago, and this year some consumers have started Christmas shopping as Halloween,” said Matthew Shay. Chairman and CEO said. National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association.

“Consumers are starting more than ever to make sure they can get what they want, when they want, at a price they’re willing to pay,” Shay said.

Shay said he is looking forward to “another record-breaking holiday season this year and that Thanksgiving weekend will play a major role as always.”

A survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation found that 158.3 million people expected to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber ​​Monday, compared to 156.6 million in 2020 and 165.3 million in 2019 .

The survey found that clothing tops the list of what people want to buy when Christmas shopping, at 53%. Gift cards were second with 46%, followed by toys (39%), books/music/movies/video games (35%) and food/candy (31%).

The top toys for boys according to the survey were Legos; cars and trucks; Hot Wheels; Play Station; Video game; Nerf; “Paw Patrol” toys and products; remote control cars; Xbox game system and Pokemon.

Barbie dolls top the girls list, followed by any doll and LOL Surprise! Dolls Lego were in fourth place, followed by Apple products and smartphones. American Girl dolls and baby dolls are in sixth place. Apparel and accessories ranked eighth, along with merchandise related to the Disney animated musical “Frozen.” Disney and Disney Princess merchandise finished in 10th place.

Last Chance for Animals held its 35th annual “Fur-Free Friday” protest in Beverly Hills on Black Friday, calling for a worldwide ban on fur and for retailers to stop selling it. A bill signed into law in 2019 by Gov. Gavin Newsom bans the sale of fur products in California on January 1, 2023.

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