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Extra police at malls as holiday shopping picks up


The final days of Christmas shopping went into full swing Saturday - one of the busiest shopping days of the season at area malls. As people shop, police are watching for trouble.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police in the North Division area that includes Northlake Mall say they haven't seen any crime trends at the mall so far this season.

Police say they're taking a proactive approach to protecting shoppers' valuables.

"We have had additional officers deployed in our mall/retail cluster around Northlake to be more proactive with larcenies, from auto prevention and deterrence and larcenies and shoplifting," said Captain Butler of CMPD.

Shoppers say they've learned to be aware.

"I always have somebody with me," said Haley Meza of Denver who was shopping at Northlake. “I always have my stuff locked up after I buy it, keep my stuff on my person.”

Police say it’s the time of the year when distractions are everywhere, and thieves know this is a prime time to strike because shoppers, too tired or too focused on deals, forget to pay attention to their purses and purchases.

"Definitely safety," said Lindsey Enochs of Charlotte. "Just because I know with a lot of crowds, people can easily get in your purse so I always carry my purse that zips up. And I never carry more than 100 in cash just in case.”

With just days left until Christmas, another wave of shoppers hit Northlake Mall Monday.

"Today is crowded. Not as crowded as last Saturday, seem like to me" said Deloris Anderson, who estimated she spent $200 on gifts last week.

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