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Black Friday's Most Dangerous States

Americans living in the Southern states and Midwest are most likely to encounter fights this Black Friday.

The findings comes from Estately, a real estate website that combined both Facebook user data and FBI crime reports from 2014 to obtain their data, KATV reports.

Arkansas came in at number one followed by Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri. West Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kansas and South Carolina were also among the top ten.

The least dangerous are located primarily on the East and West Coast, with Hawaii and Massachusetts being the safest.

Facebook user data also reveals that fewer than 2% of users express any interest in Black Friday sales in the West Coast states of California and Hawaii, while over 10% of users in West Virginia and Kentucky do.

Already fights are breaking out in the states predicted to experience the most amount of violence.

On Thanksgiving night, two men were involved in a fist fight at a Mall in Louisville, Kentucky.

Meanwhile, another fight broke out allegedly over a paid of Air Jordan sneakers in another mall in Florence, Kentucky.

So far, reports have not revealed violence of the same magnitude experienced in 2008 - when a Walmart worker was trampled to death - or in 2011, when shoppers used pepper spray to buy an inexpensive XBox.

However, even consumers not in the top ten states most likely to encounter violence today should still remain vigilant. Cybercrime tends to be at its peak during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and especially the last few days before Christmas, when people are shopping last-minute for gifts.

"This Christmas we want everyone to think about their online activity, especially when they are about to buy something over the internet," said Chris Greany, England police’s national coordinator for economic crime. "When it comes to online shopping if something looks like it is a great bargain it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t even exist."

Sources: KATV, Estately, , Oregon Live, and /Photo Credit: Estately


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