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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff deputy Mike Naquin helps Pat Ledeux to her car at the Prien Lake Mall while patrolling the parking lot during the 2011 holiday shopping season. (American Press Archives)<br>

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff deputy Mike Naquin helps Pat Ledeux to her car at the Prien Lake Mall while patrolling the parking lot during the 2011 holiday shopping season. (American Press Archives)

Sheriff’s Office to patrol Prien Lake Mall parking lot

Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 6:12 PM

Special to the American Press

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will again provide security Nov. 23-Dec. 26 at Prien Lake Mall.

Kim Myers, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the Robbery Prevention Mobilization Program will help both deter crime and help shoppers in the Prien Lake Mall parking lot from noon-10 p.m. seven days a week. This is the ninth year the Sheriff’s Office has provided this service.

Deputies, who will wear orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests when it gets dark, will patrol the parking lot on marked ATVs and patrol cars. They will also staff the Sheriff’s Office’s Mobile Command Center in the front parking lot of the mall, she said in an email.

“Deputies ... will be available to assist 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,” Myers said.

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

Myers stressed that the Sheriff’s Office deputies are not hired by the mall “nor will they be doing security for the mall.”

“The presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot,” she said.

Deputies will also make 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. They will also conduct these same checks at businesses at Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Centre on La. 14, Myers said.

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