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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- The holiday season is here and for most it comes with lots of celebrations and shopping, but criminals have holiday plans of their own. Chesterfield Police Captain Steven Lewis says they`ve seen more calls since the new Taubman and St. Louis Outlet Malls opened and believe it`s caused by the new influx of shoppers.

"We don`t have Segway`s anymore but we do have foot patrols, bike patrols and patrols in vehicles. A lot of times when you`re inside shopping the bad guys are outside in the parking lot shopping and looking through vehicles. We don`t have a huge surge in crime, both malls are doing well. We have the normal shoplifting , a couple of grab and runs where people are going in and basically run out to the parking lot and try to flee the area," said Lewis.

Police are making adjustments to help surrounding malls tighten up security to make sure everyone can stay safe not only during the holiday`s, but every day of the year.

"If you`re going shopping keep your hands free and give yourself the ability to make a phone call, it`s also good to open your car door quickly. We have one of the largest strip shopping areas in the country along Airport Roadand we make sure we`re visible in all of those locations," he stated.

Police also suggest you keep your GPS out of sight because that will draw criminals to your car.

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