SHERMAN, TX -- Retail stores are expecting another big rush this holiday season. But, they say, with the crowds, come criminal activity. In Sherman, police and businesses are working together to keep businesses and customers safe.
Thieves beware. Stores are ramping up for their busiest time of the year, and Sherman Police are partnering with them -- putting officers in retail hot spots.
"This'll be more of an interactive thing. They're actually going to be walking through the stores, walking through the parking lots, instead of just driving through," Sgt. D.M. Hampton said.
Hampton says the extra patrolling is needed this time of year, because crowds give criminals a chance to steal from stores and shoppers.
"You do see an increase in loss and in theft and things like that during busier times of the year," Belk manager, Crystal Womble said.
"You know, sad, but it is just a fact that there are, there's going to be people that are going to come in, they're going to try to steal," owner of Sandi's Boutique, Sandi Key said.
Both Belk and Sandi's Boutique in Sherman say increased police presence is a necessity, but they're not stopping there.
Belk is hiring their own security, while Sandi's Boutique and other Kelly Square businesses have added surveillance cameras.
But, Hampton says police and businesses can't do it alone.
"Along with that, we also need the public's help," Hampton said.
He says it's important shoppers pay close attention to their surroundings. Don't carry large amounts of cash, and store any belongings in your trunk.
"We want our customers to feel confident and comfortable coming here and shopping with us, knowing that they're safe while they're here and that their things are safe while out in the parking lot," Womble said.
"Any extra help that we can get, we all greatly appreciate it. I mean, in a community you just have to work together," Key said.