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Cops watching your back in shopping center parking lots

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) - Between police patrol, mall security and citizens on patrol your safety is a top priority this holiday shopping season. Walking through the parking lot of the tri-county mall, Springdale police lieutenant Tom Wells finds several vehicles that are vulnerable.

 "It's hard to say what's in the trunk of this car, but you can see clearly there's items here that just a simple breaking of the window and this merchandise right here would be easy to grab and very easy to be victimized," said Lt. Wells.

At tri-county mall Springdale police are on foot, in cruisers, and even inside the mall.

"In our retail area you may not know if the person next to you may very well be a shopper, it may very well be a police officer posing as a shopper to keep them safe," said Lt. Wells.

Tri-county isn't the only mall watching your back. Citizens on patrol are on the lookout at the Northgate mall in Colerain. At the Kenwood Towne centre a new program warns shoppers of potential dangers this time of year.

Cindy Hart of Kenwood Towne Centre says the Lock, Take, Hide program is there to help shoppers.

 "It's a reminder for them to lock their car first of all," said Hart. "If they have something in their car to take it, and if they can't take it, they need to hide it, out of sight out of mind."

Hart added the lock, take, hide philosophy is a very simple practice to follow no matter where you go.

The extra patrols at Tri-county mall netted five shoplifting and drug arrests on Black Friday.

The patrols will run through Christmas.

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