NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – As hundreds, if not thousands, of people hit the various shopping centers in our area, police understand you'll have a lot on your mind, which is why they plan to be your reminder.
"We're adjusting our patrols accordingly, to address the influx of people, so we'll have officers around or nearby hopefully at any given time," Lt. Thomas Dennis said.
Lt. Thomas Dennis with North Myrtle Beach Public Safety says officers will patrol the major shopping centers looking for any suspicious activity and parking lots being a main focus.
"Ride through there and maintain a presence, and I would advise parking in well-lit areas, where you can easily get in your car," Dennis explained.
Lt. Dennis understands many shoppers try to lighten the load by leaving heavy purses and coats in the car. This is not something he recommends.
"It would be great to take break, if you're close, if you live close or are staying close, maybe you can drop off a load and go back and try it again," Dennis said.
When it comes to driving in these parking lots, or even on the roads. Dennis says now is not the time to be distracted and it's important to watch for other drivers too.
"Watch traffic, be mindful of your surroundings as far as the traffic goes," Dennis said.
Most importantly, police in both North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach say it's important to have a plan. Know where you are going, and give yourself extra time.
"Anything could happen as far as a disabled vehicle, any type of collision could happen. To cause you to slow down, so give yourself time and don't get in a hurry because there's a lot of people out there," he added.
If you see any suspicious activity while you're out shopping, police want you to call them right away, and they will come check it out for you.