Reynoldsburg police smack down holiday theft


The Reynoldsburg Division of Police has nearly obliterated smash and grab crimes in a popular shopping district.

Now, as the holiday shopping season gets underway, police are prepared to dedicate a cruiser to proactively patrol the Taylor Square Shopping Center area, and keep an eye out for would-be thieves.

"We just want to send a message 'not here,'" said Officer Tammy Jackson.

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In 2016, Reynoldsburg police investigated 50 reports of theft from motor vehicles in the Taylor Square shopping district. Last year, that number jumped to 68.

Police responded to the problem by saturating the retail district along State Route 256 between I-70 and Livingston Avenue. The results are nothing short of remarkable.

In 2018, through the month of September, police have responded to just three reports of a theft from a vehicle.

Still, police said this is no time for holiday shoppers to let their guard down.

Police have even posted electronic message boards at the entrance of the retail area urging shoppers to keep valuables out of sight in their vehicles, and if shoppers secure their purchases in the trunk of their car before walking in to the next store, police say it's a good idea to take the time to move your vehicle.

"I know it's a pain, but move your car because they're not going to follow you," said Officer Jackson. "If they see you leaving they think oh, well, they're gone. And you've just gone around the corner or whatever and parked again."