Albany Police are
patrolling the Albany Mall's parking lots and streets surrounding the mall.
"Well for the holiday
season we have officers here working off duty who are patrolling the areas,"
said Angel Bradford, Captain, Albany Police Department.
They're helping keep shoppers
such as Donna Ashby, and bell ringers like Leon Scott safe during the holidays.
"I think it's a good
thing we have extra protection, you never know, things are not like it use to
be" said Donna Ashby, holiday shopper.
"I feel a lot safer
knowing that I have police roaming around the parking lot makes me feel
safe" said Leon Scott, Bell Ringer, Salvation Army.
During the holiday
shopping season, Albany Police usually see an increase in crime at homes and in
busy retail areas.
"What we are seeing
are cars being broken into and the majority of the time the cars are left
unlock, the windows down," said Bradford.
Captain Angel Bradford
says the crooks go for all types of belongings.
cash, pocket books, GPS systems, these are the things they are targeting and
taking," said Bradford.
Luckily so far this
holiday shopping season, crimes haven't been as high other years.
"The crime rate for
this time of the year is actually slightly below where we were this time last
year, and we are at a three year low," said Bradford.
But don't let your guard
"The most important
thing to remember is to be aware of what's going on around you, if you take
your purchases to your car, put them in your truck, when you leave your car to
come into a shopping establishment lock your car door," said Bradford.
Or else the Grinch may
just try to ruin your Christmas.