Thousands of shoppers will be gobbling up Black Friday deals and thieves will be shopping around too -- for victims.

A Police spokesman says while vehicle theft is a problem all year long, it's far worse around the holidays.

"People are out shopping, they're going from store to store and they're forgetting to lock their vehicles," He said. "Their high-value items are in the vehicle, they're visible and people are coming and taking them."

The good news is that shoppers can prevent auto burglaries by taking some simple steps.

"I would always recommend locking your doors and keeping those valuables out of sight," He said. "Once you get those high-valued items take them to your house and make sure they're in a safe place, don't leave them in your car for a week or so."

Officers will also be out in force at the malls and stores to try to keep Black Friday trouble-free.  "In some stores we'll actually have officers in there working," He said.