Police Substation Deters Crime for Holidays

By Michael Stafford
Newswest 9

Tis the season for shopping and the season for getting ripped off.
 
Rip off artists will do whatever it takes to seperate you from your recently bought Christmas presents.

But for the past seven years, Midland police are doing their part to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.  This mobile substation reminds criminals that police are watching closely even with binoculars.

The biggest tip, don't leave packages in plain view for potential criminals, because you're only trouble waiting to happen.

"A lot of people are watching them from the various angles of the parking lot to see them carrying stuff out.  They see the boxes they see what they are.  They know what it is, and all they have to do is wait until they go away," says Officer Dale Seago.

The substation travels to many area stores over the holidays like at Best Buy, Kohls, Academy Target and the Midland Park Mall.

Just last year on Black Friday, Officer Seago was able to step in, and help with a much different problem.

"We had about 90 people in line, and they actually had a fist fight break out with people waiting in line to get to the things in the store.  So, you just never know what people are going to do," Seago adds.

Several shoppers we spoke with on Monday agreed that keeping your cars doors locked, your presents out of sight, and shopping with a companion are all great ideas.  Some of them had never experienced problems first hand, but knew of people who had.

"Around Christmas Time,  I've never had any problems, but some friends of mine have.  Things have gotten stolen from them, stuff like that," says shopper Ricky Gonzalez.

Jeri Johnson has been lucky so far, and she's going to keep those safety tips in mind the next time she's buying gifts.

"I think it's a great idea, because I know people come out with a lot of packages, and they're fumbling their keys.  So, I do know crime happens, but I think it's a great idea," says Johnson.

Officers will be manning their post until December 26th usually until nine in the evening when shoppers start heading home with all those expensive gifts.  They're also hoping their presence here will make shoppers feel safe, and make criminals think twice.