Law enforcement reminds businesses and shoppers be safe this holiday season

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office held a county-wide business watch meeting this afternoon. Businesses and law enforcement shared security and safety measures with each other.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Christmas is less than two weeks away and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is reminding shoppers and businesses, safety first.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office held a county-wide business watch meeting this afternoon. Businesses and law enforcement shared security and safety measures with each other.

“It seems every year as we get closer to the holidays, and we’re in the middle of the holiday season so we’re going to see an uptick,” Captain George Meadows, with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department, said.

Business owners say thieves attacking their store is always a concern, but more so during this time of year.

“There are more targets out during the holidays, the parking lots are fuller, they know that there’s going to be stuff in the cars that had been purchased as gifts so they know that the targets are a lot richer and a lot better during the Christmas holidays,” he said.

During the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department’s Business Watch Meeting they share with businesses how to protect themselves, with the latest technology.

“Surveillance systems, alarms systems and the details that are involved and installing one and shopping for one,” Meadows said.

Daphne’s 525, on Cherry Street, owner Aprill Maxwell says their security and location keeps thieves away.

“I know that a lot of individuals are lurking, but with having good lighting and your cameras on, you’re kind of helping yourself be protected and being aware of the people who are walking by and coming in and having a plan set in place,” Maxwell said.

For those still Christmas shopping, Meadows suggests strength in numbers.

“Don’t make yourself a target if you’re out. If you’re going out shopping, shop with a partner or two or three partners,” Meadows said.

Meadows says don’t leave valuables in cars, lock your doors, and to avoid purse snatchers put your money in a small wallet in your pocket.

The Sheriff’s Department will hold another business watch meeting next quarter.

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