Police increase enforcement for thefts, DWI cases Holiday season boosts number of incidents

November 26, 1995|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

County police are stepping up patrols during the holiday season to deter thefts and drunken driving, which typically escalate near the end of the year.

Several district detectives and officers from certain squads in the department are being reassigned to malls and major shopping centers throughout the county to discourage shoplifters, purse snatchers, burglars and car thieves, police said.

For more than seven years, police have put more officers on the street during the holidays. Officer Randy J. Bell, a department spokesman, said thefts typically increase despite the regular patrols. He would not say how many officers were being taken from their regular assignments.

The additional patrols began this week and will last through Christmas.

"The patrols are a pro-active deterrent to holiday crime," said Officer Bell.

Five other county officers will be working overtime targeting drunken drivers. The DWI patrols begin this weekend and will continue through New Year's Eve.

Officers' overtime is paid by an $8,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation, said Officer Robert Martin of the traffic safety division.

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