Local mall, police work together to prevent holiday crime
Reported By Todd Dunn, Video Journalist - bio | email
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -
For a second year in a row the Franklin Police Department is teaming up with Cool Springs Galleria in an effort to prevent holiday crime.
"We want that small percentage of the population that's inclined to commit a crime this holiday season to know that the city of Franklin is not the place to do it," explained Police Chief David Rahinsky.
Mall security and police will not only patrol the inside of the mall, but also the mall parking lot.
"You also won't see some of the things we are doing and that will be unmarked cars, officers in plain clothes, we will be vigilant this holiday season," Rahinsky said.
According to Rahinksky the Mid-State offers one of the safest regional shopping destinations.
"This is one of the safest regional shopping destinations, not just in Tennessee, but in the country and we intend to keep it that way," he said.
Authorities said for those individuals that choose to disobey the law, they will be prosecuted.
"If you come to the Cool Springs Mall or Williamson County for that matter in this jurisdiction and you steal, you should expect to go to jail," Assistant D.A. Chris Vernon said.
Officers are scheduled to cover all Franklin shopping areas during the holiday season at no additional cost to taxpayers.
For more information on Cool Springs Galleria, visit their Web site.