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Broomfield Police promote ‘9 p.m. Routine’ to reduce crime

The Broomfield Police Department is turning to a social media campaign in hopes of reducing thefts.
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The Broomfield Police Department is promoting a 9 p.m. Routine campaign to reduce crimes of opportunity.

The Broomfield Police Department is turning to a social media campaign in hopes of reducing thefts.

For the last three years Broomfield Police have undertaken the educational effort to reduce property crime, according to Police Public Information Officer Rachel Haslett.

“The 9 p.m. Routine was something that became popular nationwide because it was a very easy campaign to remember,” she said.

Done without planning, crimes of opportunity are committed when perpetrators notice items to steal and take advantage.

To avoid becoming a victim the 9 p.m. Routine involves steps such as removing valuables from and locking vehicles on a nightly basis. Items commonly stolen from inside vehicles include cell phones, wallets, purses, jewelry and firearms.

Other tips include securing garages by closing and locking overhead doors. Also ensure all exterior doors and windows are locked. Additionally, turning on exterior lights and setting alarm systems is vital.

“We’re big proponents of crime prevention as a shared responsibility,” Haslett explained.

Community members sometimes overestimate the number of patrol units watching out for crime, Haslett said.

“There's only so many officers on the street,” she said. “It's typically between five to eight, and one officer per district.” 

Although staffing levels are adequate to respond to calls, Haslett said residents play an important role in aiding crime reduction.

“When you need us, we'll be there, but there's so many things that people can do to take away the crime of opportunity,” she said. “A little bit goes a long way.”

The 9 p.m. Routine has been promoted on social media by numerous police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country, Haslett said.

“They have seen success in other cities,” she noted.