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Too many unlocked vehicles for Holiday shoppers

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - During this holiday season, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is in its 8th year with their annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) program. The program began as a way to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at Prien Lake Mall on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles, La. Reserve Deputies man a CPSO mobile command center near Long John Silver's restaurant.

The RPM began on November 25 and will continue through December 27, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

CPSO took KPLC along for a ride to show how many people leave their cars unlocked and unattended. We found a number of cars with purses, car chargers, toys and other items visible for the would-be burglar.  "People need to lock their cars, roll up their windows and put items in closed trunks or completely hide under a seat. Burglars like easy targets so let's not make it easy for them", says Senior Corporal Casey LaFargue.

According to a CPSO press release:

"The deputies will be on four wheelers and marker patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the front parking lot of the mall on Prien Lake Road.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff's Office traffic vests, will be available to help shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs.  Also, deputies will be conducting these same checks with store clerks at businesses in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street, the Power Center on Highway 14, and the Target Shopping Center on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles."