Restaurant managers like Alfonso Deleon say they're thankful for Shreveport
police keeping a close watch over their restaurant.
real nice when you have police, you know, looking at your business and
saying 'look we're gonna protect you and we're gonna take care of you,
make sure this don't happen again.'"
He co-manages the Superior Bar and Grill on Line Avenue, which was just robbed just on November 11, 2012.
think it's critical for somebody to be patrolling especially this area right here on Line, [near] Superior Grill, you know?" says Deleon.
Shreveport Assistant Chief Information Officer Bill Goodin says police are beefing up their Robbery Intervention Detail (RID) a little early this holiday season.
what we do know is during the holiday season obviously there's gonna be more traffic in retail areas," says Sgt. Goodin.
"There's gonna be more money out there on the streets. There's going to be people buying stuff in greater numbers than we see. So we want to make sure that we're very proactive in not only preventing crime, but also addressing any crimes that might occur as well."
Officers keep a close watch on businesses like Superior, but they urge individuals to be aware and alert as well.
we talk about crime prevention, we tell people we don't want you to be paranoid, but we want you to be prepared," says Sgt. Goodin.
Goodin says even though there's no way to tell how
many robberies RID helps prevent, it always helps to have a little more security.