Police boost protection with Segways

Thursday, November 13th 2008, 8:36 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- Police normally see a rise in crime around the holiday shopping season, but the Midwest City Police Department is taking an unusual move to keep consumers safe.

Midwest City Police is stepping up patrol on foot and on Segways as part of their Operation Business Resource Officer.

"We haven't had any crime or any increase in crime in the business district," Lt. Matt Dukes said. "We just want to make sure it stays that way."

The Segways make the officers more visible. They can weave in and out of the parking lot and keep a more watchful eye on the area.

It's also giving local businesses peace of mind.

"I do have girls that stay here until 9 in the evening and now that it's getting darker that I know they're safe when they leave," Hallmark Store manager Ruth Stauffer said.

The customers are glad they're protected while holiday shopping.

"I think it's great," Melissa Epley said. "It makes me want to come out more at night or my children, because I have teenage daughters and they come out. It makes me feel safer about it."

Two extra officers will be on site starting November 28 throughout Christmas Eve.

Police warned customers to be aware of surroundings and hide belongings inside your cars.