On November 7, 2018, the Indio City Council approved an agreement with Serna & Associates for unarmed, uniformed security guard services. The patrols will include downtown, city facilities, and city parks, totaling 46 locations, and operate daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for 365 days a year. Security patrols will help reduce theft, vandalism and misuse of city properties as well as mitigate park issues after hours. The use of private security patrols in conjunction with community outreach efforts and code and law enforcement have proven to be an effective strategy according to the Indio Police Department. The private security patrols began in January 2019.