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The "9 p.m. Routine" began in Florida about a year ago when then Pasco County Sheriff's Office started utilizing Facebook and Twitter as tools to remind people to secure themselves and their belongings before going to bed each evening. The online "#9PMRoutine" campaigns quickly spread across the country as they shared an important message for residents of all communities. The Waukee Police Department will join the trend and take to its Facebook page and to the City of Waukee's Twitter account to continuously remind Waukee residents to do the following things before turning in for the night:
Police officials say they don't want people to be fearful, but that it is important to take precautions.
"Waukee is a safe community," said Waukee Police Lieutenant Scott Cunningham. "But, we do often see reports of theft from vehicles or garages in cases where they were simply left unlocked or open. Potential criminals are often looking for the easy target, and we are hoping residents can be diligent and help prevent such avoidable crimes."
Residents are encouraged to remember the "9 p.m. Routine" and to check that all of the above items are done each night at 9 p.m.
Click here to follow the Waukee Police Department on Facebook or here to follow the City of Waukee's Twitter posts.