TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)- The holiday shopping season is a busy time for police on the ground...and for officers in the sky.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department will be using its police helicopters, once again, for the Shopper Chopper program.
Here's how it works: the officers fly over busy shopping center parking lots, look for people who may be lurking in the areas, and then alert officers on the ground to check out specific locations.
"They look for people who are not going in stores, they're just hanging around vehicles, looking in vehicles," TPD Sgt. Brent Blankley said. TPD says it has had success in the past with the Shopper Chopper, especially when it comes to fighting car burglaries.
Police also say the methods may seem simple and obvious, but there are things you can do to help protect yourself from crime.