What is the #9pmRoutine? You may have noticed on the Fuquay-Varina's social media platforms, such as Facebook, posts about the #9pmRoutine.
These social-media posts on the Fuquay-Varina Police Department's Facebook page act as a public-service reminder to help prevent crimes of opportunity, specifically larceny or property theft related crimes.
Police departments across the country, to include the FVPD since 2015, post nightly to remind people to do the #9PMRoutine: Lock your car doors, hide or bring in valuables and lock your residence doors. Keeping exterior home and business lights on help prevent crime too!
The daily post, accompanied by a GIF or meme, comes in the wake of wallets, purses, guns and other valuables being taken from unlocked vehicles parked in communities across the country, in every city and town.
Police worry about criminals noticing an item in a car, checking the doors to see if they are locked, and then committing the burglary because the doors are not locked.
Each post reminds residents to lock their doors and secure their belongings. The 9 pm Routine is a small action that can have a big payoff - the prevention of a crime. We have noticed that by posting this information, the public has participated in increased crime prevention behaviors which has reduced property crimes. Help us prevent crime by participating in the #9pmRoutine each night.