State police launch effort to make malls safe for holiday shoppers

November 26, 1998

Shoppers take heed. The man or woman browsing too long over the compact disc of your favorite artist might be an undercover trooper, ready to nab a nearby shoplifter.

State police in Westminster announced yesterday that they will team with undercover troopers from the special operations division in an aggressive effort to make Carroll County crime-free

and safer for holiday shoppers.

Troopers will focus on robbery, auto theft and shoplifting -- crimes that traditionally increase between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson of the Westminster barracks.

Holiday shoppers will be closely watched, especially on mall and shopping center parking lots, where robbers might seek to waylay someone carrying packages to a vehicle.

Shoppers are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and have a door key handy as they approach their locked vehicles.

Packages placed in vehicles should be stored out of sight, state police warn.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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