9 P.M. Routine
During the summer months, we often leave windows and doors open to enjoy the warmer weather. We may run a quick errand and leave a tool in the yard and the shed door unlocked. Unfortunately, we have to be mindful of burglars and thieves who look for the opportunity to take advantage of unlocked doors and windows to steal items left unattended out in the yard or in an unlocked vehicle.
Beginning June 1, 2021, University Park Police Department joined police departments from across the United States in a public safety campaign, originally launched by Pasco Sheriff’s Office. It is aimed at promoting resident vigilance to reduce and prevent thefts from vehicles and homes. The campaign known as the "9 P.M. Routine", is a crime prevention strategy that encourages residents to conduct security checks in their homes and vehicles each evening to ensure their property is safe and secure.
Participating in the 9 P.M. Routine
Set a reminder on your smartphone or laptop at 9 P.M. each evening, to ensure the following tasks have been completed:
- Vehicles, residences, garages, windows, gates sheds have been locked
- Exterior lights, security cameras, home and vehicle alarm systems have been activated
- Valuables from vehicles (including keys), yards, patios have been placed inside locked storage.
The University Park Police hopes you will join us in helping to keep your property safe. Remember keep it safe, keep it with you!