#9PMRoutine Encourages Drivers To Lock Doors

Posted at 8:37 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 21:38:29-04

An online initiative that first began in Florida is reminding drivers in Spring Hill to lock their doors and secure belongings.

The hashtag, #9pmroutine, is meant to remind drivers to set aside time to lock vehicles before they become theft victims. 

Detective Michael Foster of the Spring Hill Police Department pushed the latest effort to the station's Facebook page.

"Just make it a part of your daily routine. You get up, brush your teeth, take a shower ... well make locking that car a part of your routine," said Foster.

The idea was started by a sheriff's office in Florida and spread to other law enforcement through the Twitter account @9PMRoutine1

"I noticed that other law enforcement agencies across the country were doing the same thing like it was a PSA," added Foster. 

It is a simple and different reminder to an ongoing issue throughout the middle Tennessee. 

"I know several neighbors that had their cars broken into and had their phone stolen and cash stolen," said Spring Hill resident Sally Longacre. "I'm originally from south Florida so I'm already in the habit."

So far this year, there have been 70 vehicle burglaries in Spring Hill. The total last year was 81. In 2015, the number of vehicle burglaries was 135.

Officials said 72 percent of stolen vehicles in Nashville were targeted because the keys were left inside or made avaialble to thieves. 

Police continue to push and remind drivers of the Park Smart Program. To learn more, click on this link