Operation Yuletide

December 06, 1990

Thieves and shoplifters beware! The Maryland State Police have initiated "Operation Yuletide," a state-wide prevention program with local law enforcement agencies and retail merchants.

Beginning on Thanksgiving Friday, special teams of troopers will be deployed to patrol shopping centers and malls. Their main goal is to reduce crime in the retail district.

The special enforcement effort will feature foot patrols inside the retail centers, "ride-along" patrols with mall security in the parking lots, and undercover officers in search of shoplifters.

The Maryland State Police Crime Prevention Unit has also offered a few tips for shoppers: * -- during nighttime shopping, park in will lit areas * -- lock all windows and doors when leaving the vehicle * -- packages placed in vehicles should be stored out of sight * -- shop with a companion * --maintain close control of pocketbooks or other belongings * -- avoid displaying large amounts of cash * -- be obserant, and report any suspicious activity to authorities.

Shoppers can listen to the Maryland State Police radio broadcast, carried on approximately 50 radio stations in Maryland and the District of Columbia, for further details. Information: 653-4239.

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