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Local volunteers help fight crime over the holidays

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The holiday season brings a lot of cheer but it also brings a lot of crime, the most common is cars being broken into while people are shopping and local volunteers are helping to cut down on this problem along with the Kennewick Police Department.

The Citizens Helping in Police Services or C.H.I.P.S. will be helping patrol the Columbia Center Mall parking lot and other stores in Kennewick like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Ranch and Home.

C.H.I.P.S. have police radios and cell phones to use if they notice anything that looks suspicious while on patrol.

There job is to observe the activity in the area until law enforcement arrives. C.H.I.P.S. has proved a significant impact in the past on the amount of crimes reported at the mall.

C.H.I.P.S. have been patrolling since November 23rd and will continue through the first of January.

This is one of the busiest shopping times of the year so police encourage shoppers to keep their valuables in the trunk and out of sight to minimize the opportunities for crimes to occur.