Corpus Christi Police Department Holiday Season Safety Plan 2011
The Corpus Christi Police Department has finalized it 2011 Holiday Season Safety Plan. During the additional enforcement initiative, which begins November 25th and will continue through December 30th, 2011, Officers from several divisions will combine resources to ensure that our citizens enjoy a safe and crime-free holiday season. This year’s plan provides for increased traffic with enhanced DWI enforcement throughout the city.
As many as 24 additional Officers from the Uniform Division, Traffic Safety Division, Narcotics – Vice, the Auto Theft Task Force and the Criminal Investigation Division will redirect their enforcement efforts on the busiest shopping areas in town. Among the areas targeted for increased patrol are:
- La Palmera Mall
- Moore Plaza
- Sunrise Mall
- The Promenade
- Gulf Way Shopping Center
- Saratoga Town Center
- Island Gate Plaza
- Other busy shopping areas and restaurants along S.P.I.D.
Each day, this assignment will have Officers to supplement the normal contingent of patrol officers who work these areas. Officers will stagger their work days to ensure adequate coverage seven days a week, with the heaviest concentration of Officers reporting on the weekends. Shoplifting, auto burglary, auto theft, purse snatching, and robbery are the most common offenses committed by lawbreakers who take advantage of “on the go” and sometimes distracted holiday shoppers.
Officers will be conducting frequent high visibility patrol through the parking lots and be on the lookout for criminals who might choose to prey upon busy shoppers.
Five plain clothes Detectives from the Auto Theft Task Force will also randomly patrol the parking lots and busy shopping areas, attempting to spot crimes in progress.
In addition to patrolling the parking lots, Auto Theft Force Officers will also employ a patrol car equipped with an automated license plate reader. This vehicle automatically reads thousands of license plates per hour and alerts the Officer whenever a stolen vehicle is encountered.
Throughout the holiday shopping season, Traffic Officers will direct their efforts toward ensuring a safe and smooth flow of traffic into and out of the malls and other busy shopping areas.
Beginning Friday, November 25th, a minimum of eight Traffic Officers, including four Motorcycle Officers, will be assigned to provide traffic control and enforcement at the major intersections along S.P.I.D., as well as the entrances and exits to the malls and major shopping centers.
Parking Enforcement will put two Officers out to enforce disabled parking throughout the city and will assist uniformed officers in keeping watch for suspicious subjects and events.
Two grants will allow the Department to put additional Officers on the street to focus on DWI enforcement; the STEP grant reimburses overtime costs to hire an additional three Officers Wednesday through Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
In addition to the overtime Officers, the Southside District has committed to assigning two Officers each night to DWI patrol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
During the Holiday shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be assigned to assist CCPD officers using State DWI grant monies to increase DWI enforcement. This will be coupled with the District Attorney’s Office to sponsor no-refusal weekends.
Citizens in Support of CCPD graciously funded the posters that are around town and in stores urging people to think before getting behind the wheel drunk during the holidays.
The Holiday Initiative patrols are a continued effort for the Corpus Christi Police Department to work as an equal partner with the community to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to enhance public safety.
The Crime Prevention Division of the Corpus Christi Police Department would like to include the following safety tips :
Holiday Safety Tips
During this holiday season, it’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. It’s a perfect opportunity for criminals to commit their crimes. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind for a safe and happy holiday season.
- Park in well-lighted spaces and as close to the store as possible, lock your car doors, and hide packages in the trunk or under seats.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card if possible.
- Carry your purse tightly and closely to your body. Do not carry it by the straps as thieves can easily snatch the purse.
- Put wallets inside coat or front pants pocket.
- Do not carry excessive packages while shopping. Place them in the trunk or take them home.
- Teach your children to look for a police officer or contact a store security guard in the event they become lost or separated.
- Be aware of suspicious strangers approaching you this holiday season. These are con-artists who are planning to distract you with the intention of taking your money and belongings.
- Be aware of individuals attempting to sell you items in parking lots. These items may be stolen goods.
- For online shopping, only shop with companies you know.
- Always keep your password private and stray away from using social security numbers or birthdates.