TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo Police Department is making sure that both in-store and online shoppers will be safe this holiday with its annual "Operation Safe Holiday."
"Operation Safe Holiday allows us to be proactive,” Police Chief Bart Aguirre said.
This campaign began in the early 2000s.
It includes, but is not limited to, a higher presence of police officers where foot travel is heavy.
Aguirre said this is to make sure shoppers have a safe holiday.
Police are using social media to remind people to practice their holiday safety.
Their list, which is posted on Facebook, includes tips such as:
- Park where there is plenty of light between your car and the store.
- Shop with a friend or relative.
- Be sure to teach children to go for help if they get separated from you.
Operation Safe Holiday is not limited to shopping centers. Police officers will also monitor neighborhoods.
They encourage neighbors to work together and arrange for packages to be picked up to avoid the chances of being stolen.
The police chief wants everyone to know that officers will be patrolling all shopping areas in the city.
The Police Department will also reinforce its holiday safety list on its social media accounts throughout the season.