Don’t make it easy for criminals: Remove, lock-up, and leave on.

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Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Grand Junction is 1 in 26, which is a rate of 39 people per one thousand, according to Neighborhood Scout, but according to the Mesa County Sherriff’s Office preventing theft is easier than you think. Amanda Erkman with the Sheriff’s Office says, “Keep it simple. Keep it easy. Make it something you can do everyday. I can do it, you can do it, anybody can do it.”

Preventing crimes of opportunity is easier than you think. Just follow the 9pm Routine. Remove, lock up, leave on. “Car thefts sometimes can be a crime of opportunity. Don’t give them that opportunity. Get things out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind,” said Erkman. Just simply remove any valuables from your car, and don’t forget to lock it. “If they can’t walk by your car and see a laptop, a cell phone, or a gun, or anything of value, it’s going to be less enticing for them to really start looking. So, keep those things out of sight.”

And finally, leave on the light, and you don’t even have to hang a chandelier in your tree. Erkman says, “Make sure to turn a light on and leave it on. It’s a 9pm routine. Get in the habit of it every night, 9pm. It’s going on across the entire nation.”

A crime occurs on average every three hours and 13 minutes in Grand Junction, according to Crime Grade and your home is 300% more likely to be robbed without security. The Sherriff’s Office says all your doors leading to the outside of your home should have deadbolt locks, lock your windows, don’t leave keys under your matt, and get a camera.

“Remember three steps. Remove, lock-up, and leave on,” said Erkman.

Overall crime grade for Grand Junction is a D+, according to Crime Grade and Neighborhood Scout says 70 crimes are committed per square mile in Grand Junction versus the national average of 28.

For more information and more steps with the 9pm Routine, click here.

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