Police Department Announces Holiday Shoplifting Action Plan (HSAP)

Police Chief James M. Spinney announced that the Chelmsford Police Department is implementing a "Holiday Shoplifting Action Plan" or HSAP, to ensure that the town's shopping centers do not become magnets for crime during the holiday weeks.

"Shoppers are not the only ones in Chelmsford with a plan to tackle this holiday season,” said Spinney. “The Chelmsford Police Department also has a plan to reduce the amount of holiday-related crime this year. It is our responsibility to keep everyone in Chelmsford safe and make sure they have a happy holiday, and the Holiday Shoplifting Action Plan does just that."

Over the next few weeks, the Chelmsford Police Department will have a high-visibility police presence in holiday shopping areas that pose the potential for shoplifting and other crimes. Investigators will identify the criminal element and trends to apprehend criminals, and deploy available resources in an effective manner to increase public safety and security.

The purpose is to reduce all types of holiday-related crime, including breaking and entering into motor vehicles, purse snatching, robbery, and traffic and parking related problems.

"One of the biggest problems with shoplifting is that it brings criminals into our community,” said Chelmsford Deputy Police Chief Daniel Ahern. “These people are often not just grabbing and going -- they may break into cars, buy and sell drugs, or drive under the influence. It is all connected, and it creates a pattern of crime."

Chelmsford residents may notice an increased police presence at the town’s shopping centers but should not be alarmed. The Police Department is targeting the Chelmsford Mall/Chelmsford Street, East Gate Plaza, Summer Street/Central Square, and the Walmart Plaza/Drum Hill. Other areas may be designated as well. 

Officers are assigned to these special duties during day and evening shopping hours. There will also be increased uniformed patrol activity in parking lots, and officers will aggressively enforce handicapped and fire lane violations.They will also be on the lookout for suspicious activity. 

The Department will also use "Saturation Patrols" -- meaning multiple patrol units will simultaneously patrol the same shopping center parking lots. The Department will also deploy its Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) to intercept criminals with motor vehicle infractions, warrants, and stolen motor vehicles.

The Bureau of Investigative Services (BIS) will also deploy to combat crime on all fronts. In addition to assisting patrol units, the BIS will assist with follow up investigations including interviews and interrogations, photo arrays, evidence collection, and more. The BIS also is increasing mobile undercover surveillance of shopping center parking lots and patrolling the interior of major retail outlets under cover. Finally, the BIS is researching region-wide crime trends, including information on suspects, suspect vehicles, unique crimes, scams, and/or specific targeting of certain stores or items.

The Holiday Shoplifting Action Plan will be in effect through the new year.

Featured

  • Security Today Launches 2023 Government Security Awards

    Security Today Launches 2023 Government Security Awards

    Security Today is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 Government Security Awards. The Govies honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories. For this year’s awards program, participants can choose from 38 different categories to enter their product(s) into. Read Now

  • Back to the Basics

    Back to the Basics

    Security is a continuous evolution of practices and procedures. The developments in technology and advancements in threats make security difficult at times. Although security from one location may look different from another location, there is a common goal applied to security measures. The common goal is protection. Read Now

  • The Top Three Security Trends in 2023

    The Top Three Security Trends in 2023

    As security technology has become more widely used, the interest in new capabilities and increased security measures has increased. As we head into 2023, these three trends will shape the security landscape. Read Now

  • TSA Breaks Record Nationally and in Washington for Firearm Discoveries in 2022

    TSA Breaks Record Nationally and in Washington for Firearm Discoveries in 2022

    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers in Washington detected 164 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage in 2022, with the majority of the firearms discovered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s (SEA) security checkpoints. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity

New Products

  • Altronix eFlow

    Altronix eFlow™ Dual Voltage Access Control Kits

    Altronix has launched an enhanced line of eFlow™ power supply/charger kits that provide 12 and 24VDC simultaneously for locking devices and peripherals. 3

  • Hanwha Techwin Wisenet XRN-6410DB4 / mXRN-3210B4

    Hanwha Techwin Wisenet XRN-6410DB4 / mXRN-3210B4

    Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, unveiled two new Wisenet X series NVRs that support the industry’s first video playback and recording of up to 8K super-high-resolution images. 3

  • D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software

    D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software

    D-Tools Inc. has announced the availability of System Integrator version 16, which adds powerful new project and service management capabilities to its award-winning, end-to-end business management solution. 3