Every night at 9 pm KCPD wants you to:
- Remove valuables from your vehicle.
- Ensure your car doors are locked, and windows are rolled up.
- Check your mail
- Make sure your garage door and all other exterior doors and windows are closed and locked.
- Turn on your exterior lights.
In the Northland, one of the more common property crimes are items being stolen from vehicles. A lot of the time vehicles are left unlocked with valuable items sitting in plain sight. Checking your car should also be included in your 9 pm Routine.
Here is a list of suggestions to help prevent vehicle-related crime.
- Always lock your vehicle with the windows rolled up.
- Do not leave valuable items in plain view.
- Do not leave keys in your unoccupied vehicle.
- Take or
hide any electronics.
- Make sure your license plates are appropriately secured.
- Remove spare change from cupholders or ashtrays.
Shopping Crime Prevention Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings while shopping and taking your items back to your car.
- Avoid shopping after dark.
- Try not to overburden yourself with packages. If you know you will be purchasing many items, invite a friend or family member to go with you.
- Park in areas that are highly visible, and at night parked in a well-lit
- Avoid leaving packages and shopping bags visible in your car. Load them in your trunk until you are ready to go to your next destination.
- When coming back to your vehicle have your keys in your hand ready to unlock the doors and enter the car quickly.
Holiday Home Crime Prevention Tips
- Avoid openly displaying your Christmas tree or packages in the front window if your home.
- If you are traveling for the holidays, use light timers for lights in your home, and ask a neighbor to pick up any newspapers or mail. Alternatively, request a stop from the post office or paper for the time you will be gone.
- Be sure that doors and windows are locked.
- When you are on vacation or leaving the house for the evening, turn on a radio or TV while you are away to make it appear that someone is home.
- Avoid posting on social media about your holiday vacation until you have returned home.
- After Christmas, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new tv or other large items. Break down large boxes so they can fit in a trash bag.