Virginia Beach introduces social media campaign after increase in thefts from cars and homes

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach Police Department is introducing a new social media campaign after an uptick in larcenies in the city recently.

According to officials with the city, #9PMRoutine helps promote safer habits among residents to prevent unnecessary thefts from cars and homes.

“We hope this will encourage residents to become more vigilant. The #9PMRoutine reminder will be posted on Twitter every night,” said the department in a statement.

So how does the program work?

Set an alarm on your smartphone, watch or other devices to remind yourself to do the following:

  • Remove valuables (electronic devices, wallets, etc.) from your vehicle
  • Ensure that vehicle doors and trunks are locked
  • Check that all house and property exterior doors and garage doors are locked
  • Turn on exterior lights
  • Check in every night @VBPD on Twitter