GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department hopes the use of their ATV team in shopping centers will deter theft.
Thursday two officers used the ATVs to patrol around Shoppes at Friendly Center.
Officer Brian Price said the four-wheelers give a presence to shoppers as well as allow them to maneuver the area quickly if there is a shoplifting call.
"We've found we can cover a lot of real estate a lot faster in these units when we’re doing these types of patrols," Price said.
All six of the ATV's were bought with seized drug money.
Price said the department will continue to patrol with the ATVs throughout the holiday season.
Last year 2,962 cases of shoplifting were reported. There have been 2,462 cases reported so far this year.