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Police cracking down in popular nightlife areas

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The Columbia Police Department is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies to crackdown on crime this weekend.

Starting Thursday night, officers will be out in full force in Five Points, around the USC Campus and in the Vista.

Authorities will be looking for drunk and reckless drivers along with underage drinkers, loud partiers and other crimes.

Expect to see officers patrolling on foot and on the street.

Officials also want to remind people to follow these safety tips:

- Always walk in groups, there is safety in numbers- Park in well lit areas during hours of darkness- Walk confidently. Be alert to who passes you and who TMs behind you. - Don TMt leave your vehicle unsecured- Place cell phones, GPS units (including mounts), lap tops, iPods and other electronics and valuable out of sight- Designate driver or use a cab service if your plans involve alcohol

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