Some shoppers may notice increased police presence

Shoppers aren't the only people heading to local stores this holiday season. The Homewood Police Department is sending more officers to prevent crime.

Black Friday was the first day for more officers to be stationed near the Brookwood Mall, 18th Street, Wildwood, Greensprings Highway and West Valley Avenue. They will be patrolling parking lots. The department hopes the visible presence will help detour criminal activity.

Police will be near shopping areas through December 31. But shoppers are still asked to be alert and report any suspicious people or vehicles.