Fort Valley Police increasing patrols for holidays | News
James Khoury is the owner of Khoury's menswear in downtown Fort Valley.
He says while the holidays bring in more shoppers, some of them can be dishonest.
"This is our busy season of the year. It's also a busy time for the shoplifters," said Khoury.
To help, the Fort Valley Police Department is sending out more officers to patrol around homes and retail businesses during the holiday season.
"We've had a program such as this in place for a number of years. What has happened is over the years, we've refined it," said Police Chief Lawrence Spurgeon, "We've learned what worked and what didn't work."
Spurgeon says now the patrols include detectives dressed in plain clothes and using unmarked vehicles.
He says the city, like many others, sees more robberies and burglaries during the last two months of the year.
"We feel like this is a common sense approach to us being proactive and being out in the community," said Spurgeon.
In December 2014, Fort Valley saw 10 burglaries and 24 thefts. That's down from 20 burglaries and 27 thefts in December 2013.
The department says there are things residents can do to combat the crime, like not shopping too late at night and not leaving their purchases in their cars unattended.
Spurgeon says the department will continue to increase their patrols until sometime in January.