Columbia, SC (WLTX) -The Columbia Police department rolled out a new tool to fight crime.

They now have 8 ATVs they are using to help them patrol areas that that are off the beaten path that their patrol cars can't go. They are using them in mall parking lots, trails, and in the city's hospitality district.

Interim Chief Ruben Santiago says they have used the vehicles over the pastthree months and already have been successful catching bad guys.

The four wheelers are on loan to the department from Carolina Honda.