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Law Enforcement Responds To Multiple Shoplifting Calls

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The Bozeman Police Department has responded to 27 shoplifting reports since November 1, nine reports less than this time last year.

"We respond to a shoplifting report nearly everyday," said Captain Dave McManis, Bozeman Police Department.

Bozeman Police Patrol Officer, Dave McManis said shoplifting is the most common crime the department sees this time of year.

"Shoplifting is probably up 20-30% around the holidays than any other time of the year," said McManis.

Last year, between November 1 and December 31, the department responded to 50 calls of shoplifting. So far, this year that number is 27.

Breaking into cars is the next most common types of crimes committed in Bozeman around the holidays. But, McManis said there are things people can do to avoid being a victim.

"People should put gifts in their trunk. You don't want to leave them where someone can pass your car and see a bunch of boxes," said McManis.

McManis said the department will be stepping up patrols in the upcoming weeks.

"We will increase our DUI and safety patrols," said McManis.

He said they will be looking out for people driving under the influence.

"There are more parties and more celebrations during the holidays," said McManis. "Sometimes people have too much to drink and you partner that with icy roads conditions, accidents are more likely to happen."

He wants to remind everyone, you can be held responsible if an accident does occur.

"Civilly as a party host you can be held liable for someone that consumed too much alcohol and then got into an accident," said McManis.

McManis expects the number of shoplifting crimes to go up as we get closer to Christmas.

He also adds if you're going to be gone during the holidays, keep some lights on in your home and don't announce it on Facebook.

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