Lincoln police officials hope a new campaign encouraging people to lock their cars and homes at a standard time each night will help reduce thefts and burglaries.

The department began its #9PMroutine campaign on Twitter Jan. 13, Northeast Team Capt. Martin Fehringer said Friday.

The campaign is adopted from the efforts of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida, which serves a community about the size of Lincoln that is north of Tampa, Fehringer said.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies reminded people to remove valuables from their cars, lock their vehicles, shut their garage doors, then secure their doors and windows, the captain said. 

After the first year of their campaign, their county experienced a 36 percent decrease in larcenies, he said. 

Last year in Lincoln, 60 percent of thefts from cars and 36 percent of residential burglaries involved unlocked doors, Fehringer said. 

Thieves trolling neighborhoods are looking into vehicles for easy opportunities to snag valuables such as tools, golf clubs and computers, he said: "Once you break a window, your chances of getting apprehended go up tremendously." 

He hopes Lincoln residents will adopt this routine and help spread the message on social media.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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