Sheriff's Department Kicks off Operation Saint Nick

Authorities say they see a spike in property crimes around the holidays, and as KLBK's Alison Morris reports the Sheriff's Department is stepping up their patrols to fight back.
By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK, TX- Sheriff Kelly Rowe said he does not want anyone getting hit by the Grinch this year.

That’s why the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office started Operation Saint Nick, stepping up patrols out in rural areas. 

"What we try to do is two-fold,” said Rowe. “We approach it from an increased marked presence to create more of a deterrent effect. More importantly we have an unmarked set of units out there that are trying to catch some of these folks while they're out trying to victimize these families."

Since the program started, Rowe said they’ve had success across the boards.

"What we've seen since 2009 is a 59% reduction in primarily in home burglaries, thefts, and auto burglaries. So it's been very successful. That's why we're going to continue doing it from this point forward."

Rowe encouraged everyone to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior around their neighborhoods.  

"If they see something out of place or they see a vehicle cruising up and down the road, they may very well be lost, but on the other hand, they may be up to no good, so we certainly encourage them to call and let us know that."
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