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Downtown Safeway changes hours to curb crime

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REDDING, Calif. - Safeway, on the corner of Pine Street and Cypress Avenue, has changed its store hours. Once a 24 hour establishment, the store will now be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

The change comes in an effort by store managers and the Redding Police Department to curb the crime in the area. In 2014, there were over 1,300 police reports, according to police logs. Police said much of the criminal activity happens after midnight.

"Often times drinking becomes heavy after midnight, and we have a large transient population that frequents the park then walks down to Safeway," said Captain Roger Moore of Redding Police Department. "It's a natural stop for them."

He added alcohol in the store will also be moved to an area where it can be easily monitored.

"If a transient or thief comes in looking for some alcohol and they know someone is watching them, they're less apt to steal it," said Moore.

Police are hoping the new hours will be temporary. If they see the crime rate decrease in the area, they will talk with store owners about changing the store's hours back to 24 hours.

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