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Conyers Police Department reminds shoppers to keep valuables out of plain sight when shopping

This specially marked Conyers Police Department patrol car will be stationed at different retail areas in the city throughout the holiday shopping season to remind shoppers to lock away valuables out of plain view and to warn any would-be thieves that the CPD takes crime seriously. (Special photo)

This specially marked Conyers Police Department patrol car will be stationed at different retail areas in the city throughout the holiday shopping season to remind shoppers to lock away valuables out of plain view and to warn any would-be thieves that the CPD takes crime seriously. (Special photo)

CONYERS —The Conyers Police Department has come up with a creative way to remind shoppers not to leave valuables in plain view in their vehicles while they are inside stores.

Artists from The Sketching Pad in Olde Town offered to paint a patrol car with a picture of the Grinch in the back windows with a friendly reminder on the windshield to “Lock up your valuables.” The car will be parked in shopping districts in Conyers throughout the holiday shopping season.

“The idea began because we wanted to send a message to holiday shoppers to remind them to lock their vehicles, keep valuables out of plain view, things of that nature — simple things that sometimes people get in hurry and forget,” said CPD Officer Kim Lucas. “We thought we would place a car in front of businesses to serve as a reminder to do that.”

As the idea grew, CPD personnel decided to get creative and make the message more eye-catching.

“We thought, let’s make it holiday-themed and so we reached out to The Sketching Pad,” Lucas said. “They were excited and it turned out really cute. … They donated their time and materials and ideas and so we offer a big thanks to them.”

The Grinch patrol car can be found over the next couple weeks in shopping districts within the city, and is currently parked at the Conyers Crossroads Shopping Center on Dogwood Drive.

To announce the unveiling of the painted car, the CPD included this light-hearted poem on its Facebook page to serve as a reminder to shoppers and would-be thieves alike:

“BOLO (be on the lookout) for a specialized patrol unit in Conyers’ shopping districts. It serves as a reminder to potential victims and suspects alike.

There are Grinches who would love to steal your valuable gifts today. So get them safely stored right away.

To you thieving Grinches, think twice before stealing what you may. Or you’ll be taking a ride, but not in Santa’s sleigh.”