Crime Stoppers USA

A newsletter from Crime Stoppers USA
Issue 2  February 2021

Did you lock the car?

Video of thieves checking unlocked cars in a St. Louis suburb
for phones, guns and money.

My wife reminds me to lock the car every night

Did you know, 3 out of every 4 cars burglarized during the first 6 months of 2020 occurred through an unlocked door?  Did you also know, incidents of car burglaries rose 78% in the first half of 2020?  Source:  Wilton Manors Police Department

That’s why more than 100 communities have started using #9PMRoutine.  Their Crime Stoppers  and police or sheriff departments send out a #9PMRoutine social media hashtag every night to remind everyone to lock-up. Lock up the car, lock up the house, turn on the porch light.

Does it work?   Here’s how it’s working in Missouri MississippiMassachutesNorth CarolinaLouisianaFloridaNew YorkTexas . . . well, you get the idea. Check with your local Crime Stoppers, police or sheriff department to find out if they’re using #9PMRoutine.

Security cameras from
$20 to $299

Photo:  C/Net
Photo:  Chris Monroe/CNET

Security cameras run from the $20 Wyze Cam on the top to the $299 Nest Cam IQ on the bottom

For only $20 you can own a pretty high-tech surveillance camera.  The $20 Wyze has HD live streaming, motion alerts, night vision and 14 days of free storage.

The $299 Nest Cam takes surveillance up several notches.  You can add facial recogniton and even audio alerts that tell you “Jack” is at the front door.

C/Net magazine does a great job of pointing out the features of six new surveillance cameras here.

Do security cameras deter burglaries?  A study of burglars by the University of North Carolina showed that cameras cause more than 50% of burglars to look elswhere.

Crime Stoppers tips lead to road rage arrests

A few harsh words.  A traffic tie-up.  And a Fort Lauderdale driver ended up in the hospital for 12 days with a bashed-in skull.

Thanks to some Crime Stoppers tips, the suspects in this beating were found and arrested.  Read about it here.

A few tips to avoid a road rage confrontation.

  1. Give other drivers a break. If someone is driving slowly, keep in mind they might be lost.
  2. Use hand gestures wisely. Keep gestures positive—say, waving to a driver who lets you in when merging.
  3. Don’t tailgate.
  4. Lay off the horn.
  5. Don’t stop to confront another driver.

49,000 carjackings a year

How you can avoid a carjacking

  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Always be hyper-aware of your surroundings
  • Equip your car with an anti-theft device
  • Lock your doors while driving
  • Avoid driving alone at night when possible
  • Don’t stop for apparently stranded strangers along the road. Note their location and pull over in a safe place once you’ve passed to call for help
But really, there’s much more to it than this.  Here’s a really good article on how you can avoid carjacking.  Good luck.
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