Mall security: Use caution shopping this holiday
BATON ROUGE- As the busy shopping season gets underway, more people are hitting the malls to pick up presents for Christmas, which means more criminals are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers. The folks at Cortana Mall beefed up security patrols and offered tips to customers to keep them safe.
"You want to be aware of your surroundings if you see something or you feel uneasy about something contact security or contact your local law enforcement agency," said Percy Singleton, general manager of Cortana Mall.
Singleton also stressed the need to keep valuables hidden while leaving your vehicle unattended. Something mall shopper Jennifer Smith already does.
"When we go shopping we put some of the bags in our car and cover them up and try to even keep some with us the whole time instead of making trips back and forth to the car," said Smith, who was visiting the mall with her family.
Other shoppers mentioned the need to keep a close eye on your money and credit cards.
"Just as always you have to be careful of what you spend, what you do with your credit card, money and cash," said Michele Casi, who was waiting for Santa with her daughter.
Singleton wants shoppers to know if they feel unsafe mall security is there to help, ready to lend a hand and even escort you to your car.
"Go into any of the nearest stores ask them to call mall security or stop one of the mall security or call us we'd be happy to escort you to your vehicle," said Singleton, "We may even help you carry some of your packages to your vehicle."
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is also beefing up its patrols this holiday season. Deputies will also be monitoring special bait cars placed around the parish to entice would be thieves.