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Conway police gear up for holidays
Conway police gear up for holidays

CONWAY, Ark. - Officers with the Conway Police Department will be out in full force this Holiday Season so that you can 'Shop Secure.'  

The City Council has allocated $50,000 to have four additional officers per shift to work overtime from November 26 to December 27.  Along with regular patrols all over town, two officers will focus specifically on the Commons shopping center, one will work the Towne Center and we will have an officer patrolling the downtown area. 

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback in the past from both business owners and customers about the presence of police officers in the shopping centers,” said Chief Spradlin with the Conway Police Department.  “Many felt safer and strongly believed it was a deterrence to crime.” 

To get the shopping season kicked off to a good start, CPD is asking people, first and foremost, to be patient and considerate as lots of people are expected to be out on the streets and in the shopping centers. 

Also be aware that thieves looking to steal from you will be out as well.  Here are some tips for lessening your chances of becoming a victim.

  • When shopping, do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets or recently purchased gifts where thieves can spot them in your vehicle.  Put them in the trunk or out of sight in your vehicle. 
  • Always lock your vehicle, even if you are stepping away for a few minutes.  It only takes mere seconds for a criminal to open your car door, pilfer through your belongings and walk away without anyone noticing him.  Don’t make it easy by leaving your vehicle unlocked.
  • Crowded areas are primed with “pick-pockets”.  Be mindful of people bumping you.  Also, be cautious of those attempting to blatantly divert your attention.  It could be a ploy for someone else to take your wallet out of a pocket or purse.
  • Do not leave your purse in a shopping cart. If you must carry your purse in a shopping cart, close it tight, zip it up and use the child seat belt to snap it in.  Don’t get wrapped up in shopping and walk away from your cart.  If you leave your purse open or unzipped, you make your wallet easily accessible and you won’t know it’s missing until you get to the register.  By that time, it’s too late. 
  • Don’t flash large amounts of cash.  Don’t make yourself a target for a theft once you leave the store. 
  • Park in well lighted parking lots and as close to the shopping entrance as possible.  When approaching your vehicle, keep at least one finger on your car’s keyless entry buttons if you have one.  If someone makes you uncomfortable, you will easily draw attention by hitting the alarm/panic button.  It’s better to apologize to the passerby’s for the hitting the “wrong button” than to be a victim of crime.  Try not to carry packages in your strong hand.  Let your strong hand maneuver the keyless entry. 
  • If you see anything suspicious, alert store personnel, security or police. 
  • Take a quick look inside of your vehicle before entering. 
  • Keep your cell phone easily accessible should you need to call 911.  Be prepared to give as much description of perpetrator as possible.  Officers will need to know things such as physical and clothing descriptions, direction of travel and a description of vehicles involved.  Be prepared to describe the color, type or model, and most importantly try to get a license plate if possible.