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LCSO reminds neighbors to lock doors, remove valuables

Posted at 4:12 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 04:12:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Wednesday night, the Leon County Sheriffs Office along with "McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog", went door-to-door reminding neighbors to lock their cars and remove their valuables.

This was all part of LCSO's 9 p.m. routine initiative.

In the month of May, LCSO responded to 41 car burglaries, 37 of those vehicles were left unlocked and two guns were stolen.

"We'll begin knocking on some doors, tonight, to remind some residents to practice a nine pm routine, and the nine pm routine simply means: Once you're in the house, for the evening, to make sure that you have locked your vehicle doors, and to remove your valuables from the vehicle," said Shonda Knight the Executive Director of Community and Media Relations for LCSO.

Sheriff Walt McNeil says that the majority of car break-ins happen to unlocked vehicles and simply locking your doors and removing your valuables can lower your chances of becoming a victim.