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Deals, steals continue after Christmas

Also a prime time for theives to target Christmas gifts left at home

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Christmas may be over but the holiday shopping season is still going strong. The day after Christmas deals begin Friday, and many of you will be hitting malls and department stores to not only buy new items but also return or exchange those presents that just didn't work out.

Here's a list of some other stores around town that will be opening today with day after Christmas deals:

  • Best Buy 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Dillard's 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Kohl's 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Target 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Old Navy 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Walmart 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Toys R Us 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Click HERE for a list of some of the deals and steals retailers are offering Friday.

Holiday shopping is prime time for crooks and criminals to take advantage of you and steal your Christmas joy. Your house is probably full of left over wrapping paper, gift boxes and more; something thieves are on the lookout for.

Here's some safety rules from the Palatka Police Department to help keep you safe and happy for the remainder of the holiday season.

  • Throw wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes and other indicators of Christmas gifts into a solid colored trash bag -- so crooks can't see what's inside.
  • Break down all boxes from electronics and other gadgets and also put those in a solid colored trash bag.
  • Don't put Christmas gift trash out for trash pick up until it's close to pick up time -- the fewer people who see it the better.
  • Don't put TVs or other expensive item boxes out in the yard or out for trash pick up -- it let's criminals know the new expensive items you got for Christmas.
  • If you have access to a dumpster or public landfill take holiday trash to the dumpster or landfill your self.
  • Also, take pictures and document the make, model, serial number and other identifying information of your new gifts so you can share it with law enforcement and your insurance company in the event it is stolen. This information helps with recovery efforts.