Police try ‘9 p.m. Routine’ campaign to curb burglaries

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are both reporting an uptick in burglaries over the last month.

So the agencies are bringing back a social media campaign that they hope will push residents to become more vigilant.

It’s called the “9 p.m. Routine.”

It’s a reminder for residents to shut their garage doors, lock their vehicles and secure their doors and windows on their homes at nine p.m. each night.

Since more people are staying home because of the coronavirus, unlocked cars have been an easy target for thieves.

The police say 10 guns were stolen out of vehicles in April which is a major concern for law enforcement.

“Let’s be realistic,” said Captain James Johns with the Rapid City Police Department. “In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have criminals committing crime and you could feel safe leaving your car unlocked. But the reality is there’s people out there that make bad choices and if you leave something valuable in your car, they’re going to steal it.”

“It’s nice if they can help us help them by not creating more victims themselves and more work for us by securing their cars,” said Captain Tony Harrison with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. “Most vehicles that are entered are not broken into. They entered because the car is unlocked.”

The police and the sheriff’s office will continue to post the friendly reminders nightly at nine p.m. on their Facebook and twitter accounts for the next few weeks.

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