Updated 1:06 p.m. Nov. 27
Even before the holiday season arrived, bringing with it an influx of shoppers and tourists to Georgetown, thefts were on the rise. Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 19 there were 33 reported thefts in Police Service Area 206, according to Lt. John Hedgecock.
Seasonal fluctuations like an uptick in retail thefts around the holidays are common, so Second District police are implementing "focused law enforcement efforts" to try address increased crime. In one such effort, Officer Antonial Atkins helped coordinate a meeting with the staff of UPS and FedEx to prevent or reduce package theft.
According to Hedgecock, among those 33 reported crimes in the first part of November there were:
- Eleven incidents involving shoplifting from the various retail stores. Five persons were arrested.
- Seven stolen bicycles – locked and unlocked.
- One purse was stolen after the owner hung it from the back of their chair while dining.
- Another diner lost his backpack, containing a pricey laptop, when he left it unattended on a chair.
- A bar patron lost a cell phone after leaving it unattended on a table.
In an email to the Second District police list serv Nov. 27, Hedgecock advised residents to be alert and do their part to prevent crime.
"Just as important as our focused law enforcement efforts, your assistance in securing your property while out and about will have an enormous impact with our efforts to reduce the instances of this type of crime. Please encourage friends and relatives to end the practice of hanging their purse off the backs of chairs! Additionally, remind them not to leave any items, cell phones and personal electronics in particular, unattended on counters or tables while dining or dancing. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support"