Suffolk police launch new campaign to thwart theives
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The campaign, known as #9PMRoutine encourages members of the public to carry out checks in their home and on their vehicles at a certain time every day.
Launched originally in Pasco County, Florida in America, the concept has already gained positive support in the States and now Suffolk police is backing the campaign to further its commitment to tackling burglary and theft.
As part of the campaign residents will be asked to check their vehicles, shut windows, lock doors and check outbuildings at 9pm.
The campaign aims to raise awareness and promote safe habits among residents to prevent unnecessary thefts from vehicles as well as homes.
Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, Head of Investigations said: “Sadly a significant proportion of property based crime is opportunist, with thieves taking advantage of insecure doors, windows and stealing valuables which are left out or in easy view. “This is a simple and effective way of carrying out security checks in your home and on your vehicle.
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“All that residents need to do is to set a reminder on their phones for 9pm and when it’s time, they just need to go around and make sure their homes and vehicles are secure.
“We know that criminals are looking for a quick and easy way in but by completing the #9PMRoutine, householders and motorists will make life harder for a criminal.”
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Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, is also backing the new campaign.
He said: “I fully support this campaign. It is so important that we all take responsibility for crime prevention and if we make it part of our routine we are less likely to forget.
“It’s such a simple idea - set a reminder for 9pm and when it goes off do some quick checks around your home.
“Many burglars are opportunistic, looking for easy pickings; we need to make sure those opportunities are not available in Suffolk.
“By completing the #9PMRoutine you’ll be making life more difficult for burglars and thieves and I hope this will result in a reduction in this type of crime.”
To take part tweet @SuffolkPolice using the hashtag #9PMRoutine.