KENNEWICK, Wash. - Holiday shopping kicks off Friday morning and stores can expect a high number of shoppers with more people at the mall and in area stores.
But Kennewick Police said they can also expect more shop-lifters.
Police said they receive more calls for shop lifting during the holiday season, especially with expensive electronic items.
Police said it costs the public more money because stores are forced to raise their prices. Kennewick Sergeant Jesse Mill said, "It's going to effect all of us that way, plus the time and resources that are involved with the police department, court system, attorneys. It's pretty expensive."
Police believe shop-lifting increases around the holidays because thieves think it is easier to get away with because the stores are so crowded.