LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office has stepped up patrols to stop holiday thieves. It's called Operation Saint Nick. Increased patrol started Monday and will last through January 1st.
The sheriff's office issued this release on Tuesday:
During the holiday season we often hear of residential burglaries that occur where Christmas gifts are stolen, houses and property are damaged. In an effort to reduce opportunities for burglars in Lubbock County we will be implementing Operation St. Nick.
We are temporarily re-assigning officers to patrol in areas where we have seen an increase in burglaries and other property crimes. These crimes generally occur during the day when hardworking families are away from home. We will increase the number of officers patrolling rural neighborhoods in marked patrol cars for high visibility deterrence and in unmarked cars to identify suspicious vehicles or behavior.
We want the citizens of Lubbock County to know that we are being proactive this holiday season to protect their property and investments. Operation St. Nick runs from November 29th through January 1st.
This is not costing the tax payers in Lubbock County any additional money as no overtime is being spent. We are simply re-assigning officers on a temporary basis who would be working in other areas of the Sheriff's Office. This will not affect the efficiency of any other areas of the department as we normally schedule in a relief factor for loss of time. We will also be using Reserve Deputies to supplement man power in the department.
In addition we still offer our Vacation Watch Program to the citizens living in unincorporated areas of Lubbock County. With this program Deputies randomly check on your home while you are away on vacation or during the holiday season. This is also at no additional cost to you as a Lubbock County taxpayer.
If you are interested in this or any other programs we offer please call (806) 775-1601 and give the communications operator your information.
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