Yes, But Will a Heavier Police Presence at Local Malls Encourage More Spending?

Scared to flash your wallet this holiday season at the mall for fear somebody might nab it? Hate leaving your goodie bags in the car will result in a smashed-in window? (No, we're not talking to you, NorthPark Center. Why do you ask? Oh ... right.) Look, don't worry: The Dallas Police Department promises it'll keep an eye on you and your stuff.

Beginning this Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and continuing until December 26, a number of on- and off-duty police officers will marshal forces as part of a Holiday Mall Task Force that will be hanging out in malls and around major shopping centers. According to the DPD, the "Task Force will be deployed within a time window of 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m."

Here's where you DPD says you can expect to see an increased police presence: Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center, Valley View Center, Wynnewood Shopping Center, Southwest Center Mall, Pinnacle Park, the Jefferson Corridor and Bishop Arts District shopping areas, the Lancaster-Keist corridor, the Wheatland and S. Buckner corridors, along the Samuell Boulevard shopping district and the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor.

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Kimberly Thorpe
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