Police plan extra patrols outside stores

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The shopping season is underway and with more people out and about, police say they usually see more crime.

Officers will be making their presence known in store parking lots across Wichita this season.

"Auto larcenies are at an all time high," Wichita Police Sergeant, Chad Remy said.

Remy says thieves like to take advantage of shoppers this time of year. So, police will be patrolling parking lots to make sure you don't become a victim.

Shoppers are thankful for the extra security.

"As an individual that rarely comes out here, yes, it makes me feel better to know that if they're out here patrolling that's fine. It keeps the crime population down," Letoya Wiest said.

"That makes me feel a little bit safer about vehicles out in the parking lots," shopper Shaun Allan said.

Officers will be patrolling the Towne East Square mall parking lot on horseback in December.

Remy reminds shoppers to keep things out of sight. He says don't just cover up your items with a jacket or hide them under a seat. He says take anything of value with you. If you can't, put it in the trunk before you get to your shopping destination. This was a thief doesn't see you hiding your goods.

Police say some stores in Wichita have hired off duty officers for added security inside the stores this shopping season.

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