The City of San Marcos is preparing for a busy tax-free weekend and the San Marcos Police Department and San Marcos Fire and Rescue are leading the way. The tax free holiday weekend begins on Friday morning, August 15 at midnight and runs through Sunday August 17.
San Marcos is the home of the Prime and Tanger Outlet Malls which features more than 235 stores. On a tax free weekend, the malls are a popular destination for “back to school” shopping. With the help of those patronizing the malls, the San Marcos Police and Fire Rescue keep safety at the forefront.
Last year, some 340,000 people visited the San Marcos Outlet Malls during the three day tax-free weekend. Efforts from San Marcos Police and other San Marcos city departments kept the number of incidents extremely low. There were only eight calls for police service in regard to illegal activity. None of the calls for service involved a crime against a person. Two unreported auto collisions, one shoplifting, and five vehicle break-ins made up the illegal activity to which police department responded.
“Police would like this tax free weekend to be as safe as last year and see an opportunity to educate citizens,” said Sgt. Marty Manzi, coordinator of the mall detail. “Police visibility and crime prevention are keys to SMPD success.”
Here are simple steps to safeguard cars and belongings:
* Hide your belongings, lock your car and take your keys, purses and wallets with you.
* Put purchased items in the trunk or keep them with you. Auto burglars look for cars filled with shopping bags and other valuables left in plain sight.
* Stay alert to your surroundings and contact police about anyone behaving suspiciously.
San Marcos Police will have an obvious presence this tax free weekend, tripling the number of officers at the malls. Officers will be on foot, on bicycles and in cruisers.
In addition to local public safety departments, each mall employs their own security detail to patrol the respective mall properties. An additional police substation will be established to as the public safety command center for the tax-free weekend. The command center will be located at the Tanger Outlet Mall in suite #503.
“We want visitors to have a pleasant, safe and productive shopping weekend,” Manzi said.
By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos