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TEXARKANA — Local law enforcement agencies are still patrolling and responding to emergencies despite fears of COVID-19.

Crimes have not really increased or decreased as a result of the virus, according to local police.

"Our call load is essentially about the same. We have had the usual thefts and disturbances. It's pretty much business as usual," said Shawn Vaughn, spokesman for the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department.

Vaughn said officers have worked a few more car accidents than usual because of the rain this week. Then on Thursday afternoon, TTPD officers responded to a fatal shooting.

"We're here 24/7 so not really a whole lot has changed for us," Vaughn said.

Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Spokeswoman Kristi Bennett said more people are home now to keep an eye on homes and property, but there also may be more with time on their hands for mischief.

"Everyone should be more vigilant about preventing crimes and keep their property locked up," she said.

Police are also encouraging Texarkana residents to be alert of scams during this time.

Both police departments are also trying to keep their officers safe while they work. Departments are practicing distancing and limiting contact with individuals.

Emergency calls or in-progress calls are being handled in the same manner as always and should not change.

Non-emergency calls are being handled over the phone if possible.

Officers will try to maintain a distance of six feet with people they are interacting with and will make every attempt to not go inside homes if possible.

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