KOMO: RENTON, Wash. – Police are trying out a new crime-prevention campaign on Twitter - and like clockwork - it triggers at 9 p.m. each weekday night.
The goal is to cut down on burglaries and break-ins, and Renton police are using a little humor on Twitter to have the last laugh on the criminals. The gist is to get people to close all the windows before going to bed, and check the locks on all the doors.
“We definitely try to check every night but it's easy to forget,” said Andy Buchanan, an avid Twitter user who lives in Renton. Every night from Monday through Friday, Renton police send out a tweet with a clever reminder about securing your property.
“So we're trying to create a habit where people will go out, remove all their valuables from their car and lock their car doors, lock their windows and their front doors and their back doors, and then turn on their outdoor light," said Sgt. Christine Mathews, who posts the tweets for the Renton Police Department.
Mathews said she actually got the idea from officers in Puyallup, although the #9pmroutine is used in cities across the country to cut down on property crimes. It may prove helpful during these warm summer months.
“I can tell you, my (car) windows are down right now,” Buchanan said. “It's good to have a reminder that I should roll them up before I go to bed."
So far this year, there have been 727 vehicles broken into in Renton. Police have also received 188 residential burglary reports. Many of these crimes involve open windows and unlocked doors, according to detectives.