Albuquerque police increase patrols to protect holiday shoppers

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s one of the busiest shopping days across the U.S., and it’s also the Albuquerque Police Department’s first day of increased holiday patrols.

Police say more shoppers means more opportunities for thieves. Without giving away their exact plan, Albuquerque police laid out some of the strategies they will use to help keep shoppers safe.

“We have undercover officers, uniformed officers, mobile video carts, aerial surveillance, everything we have we are directing into these areas,” said Lt. Paul Szych.

Some of those areas include Cottonwood Mall, Coronado, Uptown Mall and other busy businesses and restaurants around town.

Police say shoppers also need to be aware of what they’re doing, and take extra measures to stay safe. They say women should not carry around big bags or purses when they shop, but just and ID and any credit cards or cash in pockets.

Police also recommend taking your registration and insurance out of the car when inside the store, because if thieves break in and steal your car, those documents will tell them where you live.

APD says whatever you do, do not approach these individuals if you catch them in the act.

“You’re not just risking your property, your also risking your personal safety. Because one of the things we’ve noticed is that most of our property crime offenders are also violent crime offenders, meaning that many of them are armed,” said an APD spokesperson.

APD says it’s pulled officers from different departments, and also has officers working overtime to keep people safe throughout the holiday season.

APD says it will adjust its plans regarding where to put officers if certain areas of town start to see any specific problems.

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