Oak Park Mall in Overland Park to see increased police presence during holidays — here’s why

Oak Park Mall police

Two full-time Overland Park detectives will be stationed at Oak Park Mall to preempt "grab and run" thefts, in which multiple people enter a store trying to snatch merchandise before running out. The added detectives will be in addition to the department's regular increased holiday patrols. Above, shoppers inside Oak Park Mall.

Shoppers can expect to see additional Overland Park police officers at Oak Park Mall this holiday season.

That’s because department officials say they are trying to prevent potential “grab and run” thefts, which have been seen in other malls and big box retailers around the Midwest in recent weeks.