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Posted on: January 19, 2021

City of EGR Encourages #9PMRoutine to Prevent Thefts

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Thefts that could have been prevented top East Grand Rapids’ crime stats. All but two of the 108 larcenies in the City in 2020 involved unlocked homes or vehicles. This includes 14 stolen vehicles where, in 13 cases, keys were left inside.

To address this issue and help prevent additional larcenies, the City joined the #9PMRoutine campaign. This national initiative — used by dozens of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. — helps community members remember to take simple measures at 9 p.m. each night to keep their possessions safe.

Community members who want to be reminded to lock their doors are encouraged to set an alarm on their cell phone for 9 p.m. or a time most convenient for them each evening.  

“We are working around the clock to best protect the community from these crimes, but we need everyone’s help to make our strategies effective,” Chief Herald said. “Setting an alarm on your phone is an easy and effective way to get you in the habit of locking up your personal belongings every day.

“Accidents certainly happen — we all forget to lock the door sometimes. However, it’s critical we send criminals the message that it’s not easy to steal in East Grand Rapids.”

Community members are reminded to contact 911 immediately if they see a larceny or signs that one has taken place. While connecting with neighbors on social media can be helpful in gathering important details and security camera footage, the police should always be the first notified.

Looking for more information? Chief Herald, Captain Buikema and Detective Sgt. Kolster always welcome conversations about our community’s safety. Call them at 616.949.7010.

 

#9PMRoutine Tips

  1. Bring In
    Remove all valuable items from your yard and car and store them inside your house or garage. This includes:
  • Bikes and toys
  • Pool accessories
  • Yard equipment
  • Power tools

At a minimum, items left in your vehicle should be out of sight.

2. Lock Up

Locked doors are the No. 1 deterrent of theft. Make a point to secure the following items as part of your nighttime routine:

  • All exterior home doors
  • Garage
  • Vehicle
  • Shed

3. Turn On

    Let criminals know you’re home and ready to contact the police. Ensure the following items are turned on before you go to bed:

  • Exterior house lights
  • Garage lights
  • Alarm systems
  • Security cameras

 Other steps you can take include:

  • Keeping track of the serial numbers on your electronics, bikes, jewelry and other valuable items to help detectives track down stolen valuables through databases.
  • Keeping a spare car key fob near your bed to turn on the alarm and scare off potential thieves when you suspect criminal activity.

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