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#9PMRoutine to Encourage SWFL Residents to Lock up

All across the county there has been an increase in break-ins of vehicles and homes. It isn’t that thieves have developed a technologically advanced lock picking mechanism. Citizens just haven’t been locking their doors.

Police departments across the country have joined #9pmRoutine . A viral public relations campaign to encourage citizens to lock up their homes and vehicles and to keep valuables out of sight.

The origins of the hashtag, popularized by the reality show, LivePD, are lightly debated. To police departments, it doesn’t matter where it came from. People need to lock up!

A quick look at the Cape Coral crime map shows over 400 calls to police about property crimes in February.

Law enforcement agencies here in SWFL, have adopted the hashtag.

We spoke with Collier County Sheriff Department’s, Sgt. B. Sawyer about what drives these particular set of thieves:

“Most of the suspects we deal with are not our regular hardcore criminals. Which is pretty surprising. They’re not people who are typically on our radar. A lot of them do it because they’re bored or what some kind of adrenaline rush.”

It’s not surprising to hear there are bored people in SWFL. For minors, these kinds of thrill could ruin their lives. Collier County Sheriff Department offers a long list of activities and programs to provide a thrill to the uninitiated. The Collier County Sheriff himself runs the local Boy Scout chapter and is always welcome to new recruits.

With summer activities and locking up at 9 pm, law enforcement agencies are confident SWFL can remain the safest place in paradise.

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