WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Wytheville Police Department has a new initiative to help keep residents protected during the night hours.

It’s called #9PMroutine.

According to the police department, this is a way to remind residents to remove valuables from their cars, lock their cars up, lock up the house, turn on exterior lights, and activate alarms and security systems.

Police say that every night, there will be a reminder that will go out.

In a Facebook post, the department talked about how criminals look for easy targets.

“Many vehicle burglaries, and to a lesser degree, stolen vehicles, occur as a result of vehicles being left unlocked. Criminals walk through neighborhoods, trying vehicle door handles, hoping to find an unlocked vehicle. The best way to prevent vehicle burglaries is to remove all of your valuables, lock your vehicle’s doors upon exiting and take the keys to the vehicle inside your residence.”

Wytheville Police Department Facebook page

If you do observe any suspicious activity, you are asked to call the Wytheville Police Department by calling 9-1-1.