Puyallup police are trying to keep shoppers safer this holiday season by increasing patrols for car prowlers, car thieves and drunken drivers.
The department launched its 9th annual Not In Puyallup Emphasis Campaign last week, which will last until Dec. 31.
Capt. Scott Engle said there will be 21 extra DUI patrols during that time and the department has partnered with two community groups to educate residents about vehicle thefts and car prowls.
The police Citizens Academy will be at the South Hill Mall from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday encouraging shoppers not to leave valuables in their cars.
Next Saturday, the Puyallup Kiwanis Club and Emerald Ridge High School Key Club will be at the South Hill Mall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. doing vehicle prowl inspections.