The Clinton Police Department is rolling out a new “LOL” (Lock It or Lose It) campaign, encouraging residents to lock their cars and secure their valuables in order to prevent thefts during the holiday season.
Recent crime stats show significant reductions in auto burglaries from over 150 in 2013 to 60 in the most recent 12 months. Chief Hayman and Mayor Phil Fisher are championing the LOL (Lock it or Lose it) campaign as an important step in continuing the significant reduction in property crimes in the city.
“Most vehicle break-ins and residential burglaries are crimes of opportunities and if a vehicle or building is locked, a criminal will usually move on,” Chief Ford Hayman noted. “Locking car doors will substantially decrease the likelihood of being victimized. Of the 60 auto burglaries in the city over the last year, only one crime has involved forced entry through broken windows’”
During the next month stickers, flyers and signs in local businesses and neighborhoods will begin reminding locals to lock their car and secure their valuables. A media campaign will utilize traditional and emerging media channels to raise awareness of the need for residents to secure and lock their valuables.
Clinton Police will be working with shopping centers to promote the “LOL” Lock It or Lose It! campaign.
“Every day, the hard working men and women of the Clinton Police Department are out there in force doing their best to keep crime down,” Chief Ford Hayman noted. “Oftentimes though, it is the partnership with the public that helps get us the results.”
Chief Hayman highlighted, that if residents actively participate in the Lock it or Lose it campaign, our community could potentially eliminate property crimes.
Neighborhoods and businesses are invited to participate in the campaign as well. For more information on implementation of the campaign your neighborhood or business, please contact Lt. Michael Kelly at 601-924-5252.