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Stores Stay Open Late but Hire Security to Keep Shoppers Safe

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More than any other time of year, law-enforcement says during the holidays, there are more cases of shoplifting.

Many stores extend their normal hours to accommodate shoppers so Seven On Your Side asked officials what they're doing to keep you safe around the holidays and what stores are doing to be on the lookout for shoplifters.

Many of the big name stores like TJ Maxx and Old Navy are opening one or two hours earlier and staying open three or four hours later.

Many local shops we checked with are extending their hours too to make sure you have time to get your gifts.

Law enforcement says Wal-Mart Target and some stores in malls often hire off-duty officers to keep an eye out for shoplifters.

Anderson Police tell us they utilize resource officers or reserve officers who are not working at their normal locations.

Shoppers we talked to today say they appreciate being able to take advantage of the late hours and still stay safe.

“I think it’s a good idea especially if people will be out past dark, which by now is 5. It’s nice to have that extra security,” said Michelle Walters.

Shopper Watson Gowdy agrees because he likes to shop in the evening to miss the crowds.

I think it is nice to walk outside and see law enforcement around because you know you are protected,” he said.

Law enforcement says some stores ask that they park patrol cars right outside the front door of their store.

Shop owners say even without an officer inside it deters shoplifting.

Many stores have also opted to put up surveillance cameras or hire officers to drive the parking lot to keep an eye on people getting to their cars.

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