JPSO ramps up patrols for holiday shoppers

JPSO ramps up patrols for holiday shoppers

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Some shopper are already out waiting, hoping to scoring a deal some early Black Friday deals.

"It's worth it," said 16-year-old Zion Bluford.

Bluford has only one thing on his mind.

"Make sure I get what I wanted, the TV I wanted," he said.

He is the first one in line at this Best Buy on Veterans in Metairie. He's been waiting since just after noon, Wednesday, passing the time with tunes until the store opens at 5 p.m., Thanksgiving Day.

FOX 8 asked, "Are you going to miss Thanksgiving with your family because you're waiting in line, here?"

"Yeah," he replied. "It's gonna be all right, though. They're going to be waiting for me."

Other shoppers aren't waiting to get started. Lakeside Mall was bustling with locals looking for early deals.

"I don't want to be involved with all the crowds," said local Ken Enclarde.

"We're excited about the sales and the discounts, trying to get an early start," explained shopper Brenda Muse.

As more shoppers hit the mall, more officers hit the streets.

"We've increased patrols here at Lakeside. They've increased their details by about 15 officers. Oakwood's double the size of their security detail," said Interim Jefferson Parish Sheriff Jospeh Lopinto.

Lopinto says his deputies will be out in force this holiday season, monitoring holiday corridors, increasing personnel and visibility.

That includes a mobile command unit at Lakeside. Lopinto says will support the influx of deputies.

"We're going to be out here to make you safe," said Lopinto.

It's something shoppers are happy to hear.

"It's desperate times, so you have to be aware," Muse said.

Meanwhile, Bluford is hoping for a quiet night.

"The more you don't think about it, the more time goes by for me, so, I just relax and listen to my music all day. I'm doing good so far," said Bluford.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.