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Police stress ‘9 p.m. routine’ to deter thieves

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BAILEY — Police are reminding residents to lock their car doors at night after recent vehicle break-ins.

A thief targeted vehicles on Elm Street at around 4 a.m. one morning last week, said Police Chief Steve Boraski.

“Unknown person went into vehicles that were unlocked looking for valuables,” Boraski said. “Please lock your vehicle, house and garages every night.”

The advice matches Boraski’s “9 p.m. routine,” which he posts to the department’s Facebook page nearly every night. Locking doors is a simple deterrent that often works.

The “9 p.m. routine” social media trend began in Florida a couple years ago when a sheriff there started posting humorous or catchy memes about checking to make sure doors were locked and other items were secure.

The movement steadily grew with law enforcement agencies from Florida to Alaska reminding residents to check everything before they went to bed, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times.

The reminder not only gets folks to lock their doors, it also creates interactivity with law enforcement and the communities they serve via social media websites, according to the meme originators at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in New Port Richey, Florida.

Anyone with any information about the vehicle break-ins in Bailey is asked to call the Bailey Police Department at 252-235-3561.