Metro area police keep holiday shoppers safe

Metro area police keep holiday shoppers safe

Metro area police keep holiday shoppers safe

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by Erica Heartquist

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Posted on November 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 26 at 11:54 AM

Unlike the stories making headlines around the country, there were no reports of any major Black Friday violence in the Portland Metro area.

"Years past, yes, we've had fights erupt," said Capt. Joyce Clayton with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse.

Clayton said most of the fights in the past were over parking spaces.

Shoppers can expect to see horses cruising around the parking lot at Clackamas Town Center from Black Friday until December 18th.

Since they began patrolling the mall 14 years ago with the horses, they've been credited with a 25 percent drop in car break-ins and thefts.

"We see over the tops of cars when we're mounted and sometimes it's just the fact that they spot us and it kind of mellows out people," said Mike Hattan, with the Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Posse.

"You put a horse in between a couple of people that are thinking about doing something stupid and they have to rethink what they're doing," Clayton said.

"Those of us who have had horses, know that you don't want to get stepped on by one," she added.

A strong police presence is also evident at the Lloyd Center. Officers Friday were reminding shoppers not to leave valuables in their car. They said car prowling is very common this time of year because of an increase in shoppers, many in a hurry and forgetting to secure things properly.

"If you have to leave something in the car, leave it in the trunk secured," said Officer Pete Helzer with the Portland Police Bureau's Neighborhood Response Team. "The big ticket items left on the seat just invite trouble."

Officers Thursday kept an eye on a group of about 50 protesters who walked through the Lloyd Center. The group was carrying signs, but no damage was reported.

"It's been nice," Helzer said. "There was the 12:00 Santa flash mob that came in and sang a song on the bridge over the ice rink, and they left. So it's a good day so far."

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