Chicago Police Department Presents Holiday Shopping Safety Plan

CHICAGO — The holiday season is fast approaching and Chicago Police Department said they are working to keep business owners and shoppers safe.

Compared to this time last year, burglaries across Chicago are up almost 20 percent. But on Thursday, CPD laid out their plans to try to deter crime this holiday season.

“Across the city, our districts will be increasing foot patrols while our business contacts regularly inspect business corridors,” said Glen Brooks Community Police Director.

Officials in the Chinatown neighborhood went door-to-door handing out signs on Thursday.

For Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce owner and President Jimmy Lee, he believes additional patrols will help.

“Patrolling the Chinatown area, refreshing the lights all night long, so I hope this will reduce crime in the area and give visitors and our local residents more confidence,” Lee said.

CPD hopes the strategic police presence will put shoppers and shopkeepers at ease.

“I would say it’s very effective. There will always be a criminal element but combined with highly visible patrols and informing these companies that they have such a good relationship with the companies that sometimes people are a bit reluctant to call, maybe it’s something small if you don’t call , we do not know,” 9th Dist. Commander said Don Jerome.

Police also reminded business owners to ensure all doors and windows are locked at night. Chicago Police Department Presents Holiday Shopping Safety Plan

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