Beginning this week, city police will be operating a temporary substation at Orangefair Mall in an effort to deter increased holiday crime, an official said.
The substation will operate out of a vacant storefront during shopping hours at the mall "to provide evidence of police presence," according to Sgt. Bud Lathrop.
"We are going to be there to provide safety and security to people and to become a visible source" for businesses and holiday shoppers, Lathrop said.
During this time of the year, he said, "the influx of people and the representation of wealth is going to be a target . . . . There are crooks out there and they want what we've got."