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Santa Monica Police: DUI Saturation Patrol Tonight, Car Break ins on the Rise

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On Pico Blvd. | Photo by stevelyon via Flickr
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We often hear about DUI checkpoints in the Los Angeles area, but tonight in Santa Monica they'll be doing something different. "We're giong to increase DUI enforcement with more officers on the street," explained Sgt. Renadli Thruston of the Santa Monica Police Department over the phone. "It's not just one checkpoint, it's throughout the area."

Also, the city is experience a higher trend of burglary from motor vehicles. Today, the department started a push to educate the public on, you know, not leaving their laptops in the front seat of the car while they get coffee or go to a movie. "We want to make it a collaborative effort to try to bring down that number, we wanted involve the public," Thruston explained. Increasing patrols in targeted areas is one of the tactics they're deploying.