Greensboro police upping security at shopping centers

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department is increasing patrols at all of the major shopping centers around the city.

"You'll probably see some guys on bikes, see some men and women out on foot patrol, a few extra marked patrol cars out here," said Cpl. J.L. Carter.

Carter says robberies, larcenies from cars and shoplifting tend to increase around the holiday shopping season. Police say they are looking to be proactive and stop those kinds of crimes before they happen.

"It only takes a few seconds for somebody to take advantage of somebody's inattention or distraction," Carter said.

Shoppers at Friendly Center say they try to shop in groups to not attract criminals.

"That's why we have the buddy system, we can kind of watch each other, so if one person is sitting with the bags the other person can do the shopping. Shopping in pairs, you can do more that way -- make sure the doors are locked in the car but mainly watching each other's bags and stuff like that," said Matt Willimington.

Police say people need to watch what's going on around them and never lose sight of anything valuable.

"If I could give you one piece of advice it would be pay attention to your surroundings and if something doesn't feel right then it's probably not right," Carter said.