Local police aim to stop Smash and Grabs during holiday shopping season – CBS Sacramento
ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Stopping the smash and grabs swarm as holiday shoppers begin their shopping spree, local police have a plan to keep criminals out.
You’ve seen them in action: gangs of thieves breaking into high-end stores, grabbing what they can and running away. There is an increased effort to stop them before they start.
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We’re on the verge of madness, the start of what should be the busiest shopping time of the year at the Roseville Galleria.
“There are sure to be thousands of people coming in,” said gallery general manager Jeff Richardson.
And as they arrive, there is an added danger of who else might be doing it, as the mall is home to a number of luxury brand stores.
Lately, some of these brand name stores have been on the spot of brash and brazen heists and mass thefts – from high-end handbags to gold and silver jewelry.
With millions of dollars in merchandise on display, police admit it’s an attractive target for thieves.
“This is an increasingly alarming trend,” said Rob Baquera, spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department.
Some stores have armed guards posted outside, and others limit the number of customers allowed inside.
This is what businesses do, but what are the Roseville police doing to prevent organized theft from retail businesses?
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“Adding extra agents to the streets in branded vehicles, patrolling around our big malls and our little mom and pop centers, including undercover agents,” Baquera said.
The mall also has a high profile way to boost security this holiday season.
“We have the Placer County sheriff’s patrol on horseback so you can go out and see the sheriff on the horses,” said Richardson.
So, are customers here worried about the wave of Bay Area crime seeping into the suburbs? Not really.
“I try to be aware around me, but that doesn’t scare me,” said one buyer.
“It really sounds crazy,” said another buyer. “I didn’t think that would happen here. “
And because these crooks often work along freeway corridors and cross county lines, Gov. Gavin Newsom is now asking the California Highway Patrol to increase patrols around malls.
Thus, the local cops will have company to prevent any unwanted company from entering.
“We know these groups are looking for freeway access and an easy, perceived getaway,” Baquera said.
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It’s not just Roseville escalating, Sacramento Police say they will also have additional officers patrolling shopping areas.