Despite its size, McPherson reflects a small-town feel and a family-friendly atmosphere. However, we have found burglaries and thefts continue to be an issue for our community. With that in mind, we’d like to remind residents to use precautions to help themselves and law enforcement keep our community safe. It’s our goal to apprehend criminals when they commit a crime, but also to deter them from criminal activity altogether, and prevent our citizens from becoming victims.
The #9PMRoutine was introduced by Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office and we believe it will be successful here. The idea is to remind residents to check their property (cars, sheds, front and back doors) every night at 9 pm; assuring they have locked up everything before going to bed. This small step can make a huge difference. Occasionally, we catch criminals in the act. However, if a resident locks up their items and removes them from sight, they apply a tremendous effort in removing a criminal’s opportunity to even commit a crime. This is based on the philosophy that for a crime to be committed the Crime Triangle -Ability, Desire, Opportunity, must be in place. Simply removing one leg of this Triangle markedly reduces crime.
In closing, the McPherson Police Department asks you to begin the #9PMRoutine. Please check your home, cars, and outbuildings to assure they are locked every evening at 9 PM. Some additional thought or reminders are to utilize outdoor lighting (bad guys don’t want to be seen) – even consider motion sensor lighting, trim trees, and shrubs to reduce hiding places around your property, add or repair locking mechanisms or even consider adding an alarm system for your home or outbuildings to boost security. You may also consider adding a dog to your family. Please keep valuables out of sight. This means removing your purse, wallet, weapons, and cash from your vehicles. This also applies in your homes, keeping those items out of view of windows where blinds are up or curtains are open, thereby removing temptation even from passersby.