Traditionally, crime numbers rise during the holiday season. With the help of local corporations, the Killeen Police Department is trying to be preventative.

Chief Charles “Chuck” Kimble stood next to Assistant Chief Margaret Young in the Killeen Mall parking lot Wednesday and announced KPD will be beefing up patrols in shopping areas and working together with businesses like Walmart and J.C. Penney to keep people safe during the holiday season.

“We’re working out here to make sure everyone is safe, and everyone’s property is safe,” Kimble said.

In addition to the 15 to 18 patrol officers that KPD has on the street on a normal day, Kimble said there will be another “10 or so” officers specializing in patrol in shopping areas. Bicycle officers will remind shoppers to lock their cars and cover up any valuables left in their cars. The police presence may also act as a deterrent to potential robbers.

“We know people tend to like to take advantage of others during the holiday season,” Kimble said.

The extra police presence will continue until Dec. 26, Kimble said. The number of additional officers patrolling will vary depending on what day of the week it is, and what is going on in the city.

The extra detail will also help curb the increase in store burglaries and armed robberies, said Cmdr. Reese Davis, who oversees patrol. Officers typically see more burglaries of stores during the holidays because of a higher number of potential victims shopping, he said.

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