Published on July 27, 2021

The 9PM Routine: Time to Lock Up

A movement supported by police agencies across North America, the 9PM Routine encourages people to protect themselves, as well as their family, friends and community from becoming victims of property crime. By locking and securing their homes and vehicles every night at 9 p.m., residents can help prevent crimes of opportunity and avoid waking up to find their keys, wallet or even car missing.

Launched in St. Albert in 2019, the 9PM Routine is a RCMP-led initiative supported by the City’s Community Services department, as well as Neighbourhood Watch and Citizen’s Patrol – two community non-profit organizations.

“Building a sense of community and connectedness is an important goal for the City, and this program provides a simple and effective way for residents to work together with their neighbours to help prevent crime,” says Angie Dedrick, City of St. Albert Community Development Coordinator. “The more people who follow the 9PM Routine, the less appealing their neighbourhood will be to criminals.”

In most cases, criminals are looking for unlocked houses, garages and vehicles where they can easily steal property. Crimes such as vehicle thefts, as well as home and business break-and-enters, are the most common crimes in St. Albert. In 2019, there were over 126,000 property crime offences in Alberta – over 12,400 occurred in July. 

St. Albert RCMP encourages residents to take the following simple crime reduction steps every night at 9 p.m.:

  • Remove valuables from your vehicle and ensure it’s locked, windows are closed, and if possible, parked in a garage.
  • Close all garage windows and lock any garage doors, especially those leading into your house.
  • Keep your vehicle registration and insurance documents secure. The documents can be used to commit other crimes. 
  • Check and lock all house doors and shut all windows.
  • Turn on an exterior light.
  • Close and lock your fence gate.
  • Lock your shed.
  • Put away bikes and toys in your yard.
  • Park in the garage instead of the street, if possible.

“To help spread the word, the City also promotes the 9PM Routine at organized Block Parties, an annual staple for many St. Albert residents,” says Dedrick. “We not only ask organizers to distribute information, but also members of St. Albert RCMP discuss the initiative with attendees when they pop by for a friendly visit. Everyone has a role to play in keeping our community safe.”

Residents are encouraged to remind neighbours of the initiative, use the hashtag #9PMRoutine online and report any criminal or suspicious activity to the St. Albert RCMP detachment at 780-458-7700. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or use the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. 

For more information on the 9PM Routine, please call 780-458-4300.


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Last edited: November 26, 2021