The Corpus Christi Police Department announced its plan of action Tuesday about the upcoming Christmas shopping season in order to keep crooks at bay and to help manage traffic.
Part of that enforcement includes stepped up patrols in and around the busiest shopping areas.
Of course, SPID is one of those busy spots that always gets congested around the Everhart and Staples exits. Police say that, with more traffic expected, so are the number of wrecks. They say construction on Staples isn't going to help either.
"We want everyone to come to Corpus Christi," said Commander Todd Green of the CCPD. "We want them to shop, enjoy the restaurants, do it safely, and want to be prepared for that."
Up to 26 additional officers will be tackling traffic control efforts around places like La Palmera Mall, Moore Plaza and the Saratoga Town Center. The beefed up enforcement begins on Black Friday and continues through New Years Eve.
Then, you also have the auto theft task force, which will be patrolling parking lots to block any burglaries or other crimes they might see happening. Officers are also planning to catch crooks in the act by using their bait vehicle, which is loaded with things like video cameras and GPS tracking.
"We're asking the public to work with us to try and minimize their vulnerability," Green said. "Avoid leaving packages in their cars. Personal safety tips to try and keep from being victimized."
The Police Department is asking drivers to be extra cautious, and plan ahead. Leave early and avoid major intersections if possible.
The Department released a picture of alternative routes.
CCPD will also have more units on the roads whose only job is to look for drunk drivers, thanks to a state grant.
Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live with the details of this holiday plan.
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