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Sheriff to deploy safe shoppers program

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The Sheriff’s Safe Shopper Program will be deployed at midnight on Thanksgiving and continue through the end of the year to keep shoppers and businesses safe and secure at busy shopping centers this holiday season.

“We realize the need for extra patrols and law enforcement presence at businesses and shopping areas during this time of year,” said Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “We will have additional deputies out and about to deter crime by focusing on areas and parking lots with high shopper presence.  By having an increased visibility of law enforcement officers, we can help prevent vehicle break-ins, robberies and other crimes.”

Residents are also encouraged to help deter crime by taking a few steps to avoid becoming a victim in the first place and make criminals think twice before acting.

“Lock your vehicles and hide your belongings and valuables while shopping or at your residence, park in well-lit areas and always be aware of your surroundings,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “Those simple steps combined with our increased law enforcement presence will ensure shoppers feel safe and enjoy spending time with their family and friends during this holiday season.”

As always, if you see or know of any criminal activity occurring, whether during the holiday or any time of year, you are encouraged to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203 or your local law enforcement agency.