JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- As retailers gear up for the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season, so too is the Jonesboro Police Department.
"We're out here on Friday and Saturday every weekend. Through the holiday's, we'll be out here those days plus some other days. Instead of just having one or two out here, there's going to be several of us out," said Greg Lawson with the Jonesboro Police Department.
Not only will you notice the holiday decorations in the areas major stores, you will also notice a stronger police presence. The Mall at Turtle Creek, for example, is teaming up with JPD to promote shopper safety and awareness.
"Besides officers in the mall, there's going to be officers in police cars out in the parking lot driving around," said Lawson.
Like last year, Lawson says this year, police will also have vehicles in parking lots of various local retailers set up with what look like shopping bags and packages in plain sight, but beware....not far from those vehicles are police.
"If anyone tried to break into those vehicles and take the contents, they were arrested on the spot. If people know these things are out there, then maybe, just maybe, they won't try to steal," said Lawson.
Here are some safety tips:
Lock doors and windows
Know where you parked
Observe your surroundings
Keep belongings in the trunk