The Marana Police Department is working hard this holiday shopping season to keep people safe. For over two decades MPD has increased their holiday patrols to help keep shoppers, as well as those working over the holiday shopping season, safe.
Until December 26, MPD has increased their patrols in high traffic shopping areas, as well as utilizing their VIP’s. The idea is that the presence of law enforcement officers will deter would-be criminals, as well as remind shoppers to utilize safe shopping practices.
It is a proactive approach that MPD believes deters crime, as well as makes businesses and shoppers more aware of their surroundings during the Holiday Season. Just because there are more officers on the street, shoppers are also advised to do their part.
“Be aware of your surroundings,” said Sgt. Chriswell Scott, who also encouraged people to report anything suspicious.
Extra officers will be patrolling popular shopping areas like the Arizona Pavilions, the Tucson Outlet Mall and the Ina/Thornydale corridor. Officers will be visible in marked cars, but will also be in unmarked cars, keeping an eye on last-minute shoppers.
The patrols will continue until the 26th of December, to help keep shopper safe as they make returns and exchanges the day after Christmas.
Tucson News Now had a good story on the patrols, as well as safety efforts shoppers can take.
KGUN 9 profiled MPD’s efforts in 2017 for their news broadcast.