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.
The City launched the #9PMRoutine in November on social media and in its biweekly newsletter, East Express. Now, the City invites residents and other community members to sign up for a nightly text reminder delivered at 9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19 through the end of March. Sign up by texting “9PMRoutine” to 833.311.0194.
Community members who want to be reminded to lock their doors but don’t want to receive a text message are encouraged to set an alarm on their cell phone for 9 p.m. or a time most convenient for them each evening.
Public safety remains a top priority for the City. Our Public Safety department has increased staffing during the night hours in addition to adjusting other protocols that will help address and prevent these crimes across the City. While details of these measures cannot be released for safety reasons, rest assured that the department is continuously assessing the situation and determining the best solution. It also needs the community’s partnership in preventing these crimes.
“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. “Signing up for the nightly text reminder or setting an alarm on your phone are easy and effective ways 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.
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:
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:
Other steps you can take include: