Opp Crime Decline

Opp Police say being proactive has led to a decline in business break-ins and burglaries.

Assistant Police Chief Mike McDonald calls it an intensive patrol.

On the evening shift, officers will do both foot and vehicle patrols of businesses.

Doors are physically checked to see if they're locked. If not, the store owner is immediately notified.

In addition, officers are trying to vary their routines.

“We hope this will be a strong deterrent. They don't know if the officer is just spotlighting a building at night, or the officer is physically checking building," said McDonald.

McDonald credits the procedure with keeping business break-ins to a minimum during the Christmas shopping season.

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