9 p.m. routine reminds public on social media to lock doors


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – When it’s warm, many of us love to be outside and police officers will tell you it’s no different for criminals.

A Georgetown officer says crimes especially thefts from cars spike in the summer.

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A couple of weeks ago, members of a neighborhood watch Facebook group started posting reminders to lock doors, shut garages, and bring any valuables inside.

One member says people are thankful for the reminders.

“We just want to have that friendly reminder and it seems to be going over very well,” said Geno Ewalt, resident.

The Georgetown Police Department has joined in.

It’s called the 9 p.m. routine and every night Georgetown officers post a reminder on Facebook encouraging the entire city to lock up.

“If you take away the opportunity, the threat of a crime happening to you goes way down,” said Mitch Lair, Georgetown police officer.

The department says it’s rare someone breaks into an locked car.

Most of the time, it’s someone going for the cars that are unlocked, grabbing what they want, and running away.

Officers say since they’ve started the 9 p.m. routine, they’ve already seen a decline in car break ins.