Crime Prevention

#9pmRoutine

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.

For reminders and #9pmRoutine weekly crime tips, follow KCPD on social media. At facebook.com/kcpolice or on twitter @kcpolice

Vehicle-Related Crimes

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.