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Mt. Juliet Police Take Extra Steps To Keep Shoppers Safe

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - You have just twelve days to get the perfect gift under the tree in time for Christmas. Shoppers are not alone in Mt. Juliet as police step up patrols during the holidays.

"People leave their valuables visible. So you can look in their window and see their GPS device, their phone wallet even a purse (or) laptop," Sgt. Tyler Chandler said. "We are a safe community, not a lot happens here and it does give people that false sense of security."

Officers know with the right opportunity, it takes just seconds for someone to become a victim of theft.

"We've created an additional zone because we wanted to make sure there was an officer in the area at all times on every shift," he said. 

For the first time, the Police Department has gone so far as to create an extra coverage area dedicated to retailers. It's a way to provide more concentrated coverage that's part of the Operation Safe Shopper campaign.

"He's there, he's local, he's very close to the mall and he can get there very quickly should something arise," Sgt. Chandler said of the officers.

Other than a recent shoplifting incident, so far things have been quiet here at the Providence Marketplace. With your help they hope to keep it that way.

Operation Safe Shoppers lasts until December 31st.

Since first starting in 2010, Mt. Juliet hasn't experienced any major theft or violent crime in retail areas during the holidays.

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