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Adams County Sheriff's Office initiates '9 pm Routine'

The 9 p.m. Routine is a nightly checklist for the community to go through to decrease the risk of a break-in.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 3:25 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 9:15 AM

DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) — A recent increase in break-ins to homes and vehicles has motivated the Adams County Sheriff’s Office to make a plan for prevention.

“It started up in Southern Allen County, moved down into Adams County and even a little bit into Wells County,” said Adams County Sheriff Daniel Mawhorr.

Adams County 9pm routine

Adams County Sheriff

The 9 p.m. Routine is a nightly checklist for the community to go through to decrease the risk of a break-in.

“We put together this routine for what people should do at night,” Mawhorr said. “Locking your doors, locking your garage, taking anything of value out of your vehicle… then there is no incentive for someone to break-in to your car if it is parked on the street or in the driveway.”

The 9 p.m. Routine:

  • Remove valuable items from vehicles
  • Lock vehicle doors
  • Check the mail
  • Close overhead garage doors
  • Lock the door between garage and house
  • Close and lock all exterior doors
  • Shut and lock windows
  • Turn on an exterior light
  • Activate alarm system if installed

In addition to the nightly routine, Mawhorr encourages the community to bring any odd or suspicious activity to the attention of the police.

“Let them know there is a strange vehicle, and let us come out and check it out,” Mawhorr said. “It could be someone casing the neighborhood or possibly breaking into a house even as you call us. Don’t ever hesitate to call the police.”

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