KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen police say robberies increase during the holiday season, and some local business owners are preparing for the seasonal uptick.
Through Nov. 30, police have investigated 298 robberies of businesses and individuals, police say.
Local business owners and managers are making sure they are prepared to prevent holdups and to ensure their customers feel safe.
Some have installed new security systems and cameras to make it easier for police to catch suspects when businesses are robbed.
Others have hired security guards, locked their doors and even added panic buttons for employees.
Joseph Meaux is the store manager Point Liquor 6 on Rancier Avenue.
He says robberies happen to businesses in that area often.
“It’s been going on for a while. It’s nothing new around here,” Meaux said.
“We upgraded our security system and got new cameras. We also have 24-hour surveillance in the store.”
Robberies can happen at any time and even in broad daylight, police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said.
“Businesses and people just need to watch their surroundings,”Miramontez said.
“If they see something suspicious call police and we can send a unit out.”
Miramontez suggests that businesses take down ads in windows so they can see who is coming in and out of the store.
Investing in high depth cameras could help police with investigations when a robbery does happen.
If a robbery does happen Miramontez, says the best thing to do is to comply with the suspects demands to make sure no one gets hurt.
The department also offers crime prevention tips to residents and businesses owners who need help.
Residents interested in crime prevention tips may call the department’s coordinator Tammy Moseley at (254) 501-8805.