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Heavier Police Presence Curbs Retail Thefts in 2013

Orland Park Police were in more places more often in 2013, helping to reduce the number of retail thefts.

Orland Park police saw 89 fewer retail thefts in 2013, Police Chief Tim McCarthy reported to village board members Monday.

Total number of thefts dropped from 673, to 584—the result of increased patrols in Orland Square Mall, "retail detail" patrol assignments and "hugely enhanced foot patrols" in retail areas. 

Police tallied 76 instances of retail theft in December alone, but also notched about 40 arrests, McCarthy said. More officers were assigned to Orland Square Mall, as well as undercover officers working with loss prevention officers. 

"The result is amazing," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin, who recalled positive feedback from area stores and shoppers. 

"Our officers are getting compliments on the job," he said, remarking that many shoppers thanked the officers for their vigilance during the holidays. 

McCarthy is currently working on the department's year-end report, detailing each type of crime and its prevalence. Check back with Patch for more.

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