TPD Uses Social Media and QR Codes to Keep Holiday Shoppers Safe

From SouthTampaHydePark:

qr codeIn conjunction with the police mall operation, theTampa Police Department has partnered withWestshore Plaza and Old Navy to educate citizens with safety tips and allow them to save money at the same time through Quick Response Codes (QR Codes).

TPD’s QR codes will be displayed on kiosks throughout Westshore Plaza with the message Stay Safe and Save. As smartphone users scan the code with their choice of QR code reader or iPhone app or Android App, they will receive holiday safety crime prevention tips and a discount to a Westshore store. The first participant is Old Navy.

A QR code is a two-dimensional barcode, which has an encoded web address, text or other information. Smartphone users can scan the QR codes to access this information.

During the annual mall operation, Operation Secret Santa, officers have a strong presence to deter crime. They patrol on horseback, motorcycles and unmarked police cars in the shopping mall parking lots.

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