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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

If you still have some Christmas shopping to do you're far from alone. Police around South Georgia say they're preparing for big crowds in retail areas.

"Nothing that I can see would interest a criminal in this vehicle," said Lieutenant Maurice Holmes.

By foot patrol, in cars, and even undercover Thomasville police are watching to make sure that shoppers feel secure as they make those last rounds before Christmas.

"We're beefing up our patrol in our shopping center area as well as the downtown area," said Lieutenant Eric Hampton.

Officers say that shoppers may be in a rush, but they've got to remember to do their part to protect their belongings.

Police say that you should keep your doors locked and anything out of sight that could possibly entice a thief.

Holmes says he doesn't take the duty of foot patrol lightly and he knows exactly what he's looking for.

"What you're looking for is things that would be interesting for a criminal someone that might want to come in and make a quick snatch and grab."

Not only are they patrolling, they're going the extra mile to ensure shopper safety.

"Should he see something of value or if he knows who that vehicle belongs to he might want to call them to the side and let them know that they shouldn't do that," said Hampton

Grace Hunter says although she's in a hurry, she takes time to lock up and hide valuables.

"Some people have to steal or take just to have, it's just that time of the year, people don't have they try to get it by any means, I'm going to lock my things up."

A few extra seconds out of a day that could prove to be priceless later on and patrolling officers know the value in guarding their community.

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