By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
As shoppers prepare to brave long lines for door-buster savings early Friday morning, officers with the Cullman Police Department are gearing up to keep a close eye on holiday thieves and traffic flowing smoothly.
Those planning to shop local can expect to see an increase in the number of officers on duty as many stores will have police presence around the vicinity.
"We’ll have several located at Walmart, and also downtown at both of our main shopping centers,” Craig Green, assistant chief of police, said.
Because of the anticipated congestion, Green encourages those who plan to be out to allow for extra travel time.
"We expect all of the shops in downtown to be overflowing with extra people out and about," Green said. "So if you're going to be out, leave 10 minutes earlier than normal to ensure enough time to get to your destination. It's just that time of year."
Along with the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping also comes an increase in car break-ins.
"What will happen now, is the majority of our car break-ins will be people who didn't take the time to lock their car doors," Green said. "A locked door goes a long way in keeping stuff from being stolen from you. People also need to remember to not leave anything in sight. Lock it in the trunk of the car or in a compartment of your SUV."
In addition, Green also encourages the public's help this holiday season.
"If anyone sees something suspicious or out of the ordinary going on, we hope they'll call us and let us know," Green said. "Or if it's something that needs to be checked on. With the public's help, it would be nice to make it through the holiday season with no thefts."
Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at email@example.com