Police urging residents to be safe, join the 9 p.m. Routine

The Lexington Police Department is reminding residents to be safe this holiday season. Many Grinches will be out lurking, looking for opportunities to steal items and presents that don’t belong to them.

Vehicle break-ins

  • Take valuables out of vehicles
    • Cash, checkbooks, credit cards
    • Laptops and electronics
    • Jewelry
    • Guns
  • Always lock your vehicle


Auto thefts

  • Do not leave running vehicles unattended (this is also against City ordinance)
  • Do not keep a spare key in your vehicle


Package thefts

  • If possible, schedule deliveries when you will be home
  • Request package tracking and notifications when your item is delivered
  • Have packages delivered to a store for pickup, or to your office


Residents can further reduce crimes of opportunity by joining the 9 p.m. Routine, a crime prevention campaign that has spread across the country. The idea is simple: before settling in for the night, the 9 p.m. Routine reminds residents to:

  • Turn on porch lights
  • Take valuables out of vehicles
  • Lock car doors
  • Close garage doors


Lexington Police will post 9 p.m. Routine messages on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, with the goal of making the simple steps an everyday habit for residents. The safety campaign was started by the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office in 2016 and is used by law enforcement agencies nationwide.