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New eye in sky aims to thwart holiday crooks

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

The newest addition to the Southaven Police Department's Crime-fighting squad is a Skycop, one of those trailers with the cameras and the lights on them.

Southaven PD will be positioning the SkyCop in areas with a lot of shoppers. The idea is to make criminals think twice.

"Crooks are looking for any opportunity that they can take advantage of and this takes away one of the opportunities," said Southaven Deputy Chief Steve Pirtle. "It makes it harder for them to hide and not be seen."

This year Southaven PD will be stepping up patrols in shopping areas the day after Thanksgiving in what they call "Operation Christmas Presence."

"We do have extra officers out there," Deputy Chief Pirtle said. "Again, some of them are in uniform, some of them are plain-clothed, so you will never know if the car that pulls up next to you is an undercover officer or a citizen."

Last, but not least, Southaven police officers will be issuing courtesy tickets in shopping areas. They aren't speeding tickets and you won't have to show up in court to pay them.

"Doesn't cost anything. They are free," Deputy Chief Pirtle said. "What that is, is while the officers are patrolling they see cars that have packages or purses or cellphones and things that are something thieves will be looking for to break into your car. If we see these items, we'll put the courtesy ticket on your car just to bring it to your awareness, you left these things making it easy for people to see and break into your car and steal the stuff. "

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