Alberta RCMP has been sending nightly notifications on their social media accounts to remind citizens to follow the #9PMRoutine. The #9PMRoutine is a movement that is supported by police forces across the world. People are encouraged to follow a routine checklist every night to double check their property is locked up and safe.
A common question from the public is, "Why should I do this?" Property crimes are often crimes of opportunity and small things like locking doors and turning on lights can deter criminals.
Last summer (June to August 2018) there were close to 36,000 property-related incidents in RCMP jurisdiction and almost 50 per cent of all reported bicycle thefts occurred in the summer months.
Here are some ideas to include in your 9 p.m. routine:
- Turn on outside lights at night
- Lock your doors
- Put away toys and bikes in a locked, safe location
- Put away tools when you're finished with them
- Put away outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers and weed trimmers
- Lock up off-highway vehicles (ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.)
- Double check vehicles are locked and keys are removed
Depending who you talk to, forming a habit can take anywhere from 21 to 66 days. This is why Alberta RCMP will be posting every night for two full months. By remembering to lock up and secure your property, you're helping to create a safer Alberta.
Join the movement by using #9PMRoutine and following our social media accounts on Twitter (@RCMPAlberta) and Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta).
If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police service. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.