Red Deer, Alta. – Red Deer RCMP are joining police services across North America and inviting citizens to complete the #9PMRoutine by ensuring their valuables are removed from their vehicles and locking all doors at 9 p.m. each night.
“In most cases, property crime is a crime of opportunity, meaning criminals are looking for unlocked houses, garages and vehicles,” said Superintendent Gerald Grobmeier, Officer in Charge of the Red Deer RCMP. “But stopping these crimes can be as simple as taking a few minutes every night to ensure you’ve locked up your house and garage, and removed the valuables from your vehicles.”
The #9PMRoutine recommends:
- Removing valuables from vehicles.
- Ensuring vehicles are locked, windows are closed and if possible, parked in a garage.
- Closing garage doors and windows.
- Locking any person-doors in the garage, including those leading into a house.
- Checking that all house doors – front, back, side and garage – are locked.
- Ensuring all windows are shut.
- Turning on an exterior light.
The 9PMRoutine is a campaign that began in Pasco County, Florida and is now used by police agencies across North America to remind citizens to protect themselves and their property.
“Everyone has a role to play in crime prevention, and this routine makes it easy,” said Superintendent Grobmeier. “It only takes a few minutes, but it could be enough to deter a criminal and prevent you from being a victim.”
Constable Derek Turner
Red Deer RCMP