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Family looking for missing Boise man after Black Friday
How to stay safe, during the holiday shopping frenzy
Jennifer Auh talks to the family of a man who went missing, after going out to shop on Black Friday. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Black Friday may be over, but the holiday shopping madness is far from it. Retailers told us security cameras are watching your every move more closely, with holiday shopping in full swing.
However, sometime in the chaos of Black Friday, a Boise man went missing. Now, a security team hopes those same cameras can the missing man's family get some answers.
Police said David Szwec, 56, headed to Sears in the Boise Towne Square Mall Friday morning, but never returned.
His brother-in-law was sifting through the security cameras at Sears, in hopes of getting some clues. "He said he went to Sears get a set of screw drivers," said Ken Buell, Szwec's brother-in-law.
He told us Szwec has a heart condition that could have prevented him from coming home.
Police said there's no evidence of foul play against Szwec. However, if you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Boise Police at (208) 377-6790.
Police are also busy dealing more shoplifting calls this shopping season. The retailers said they've heard it all. People taking sale items from other people's carts when no one's looking, and others trying to take products out of the store without paying.
"Here’s the big thing with shoppers, they get so caught up with shopping, they forget everything around them, because they want to get the bargain so bad," said Daniel Polhegyi, Sears Loss Prevention Manager.
However, the security personnel at Sears told us they have extra manpower this holiday season.
After Black Friday, the sales continued this weekend. In Sears, many of the items were still 50 to 60 percent off.
Here are some shopping safety tips:
- Don't leave your purse in your cart.
- Go shopping with a partner, especially at night.
- If you have expensive sale items in your cart, make sure someone else is keeping an eye on it, while you’re shopping.
- Don't leave your children alone.
Identity theft is becoming a larger problem with online shopping.
Here are some tips for Cyber Monday:
- Use your credit card, not debit card.
- Do not give away your social security number and passwords
- Beware of scam phishing emails with unbelievable discounts. Do not click on the links.