Earlier this year, the Orlando Police Department launched a proactive awareness effort, Operation Lock It Up, aimed to help lessen the chance that you will become a victim of residential and vehicle burglaries. The initiative provides education on the best ways to secure homes, cars and property.
As part of Operation Lock It Up, Orlando police officers are walking through neighborhoods to check vehicles and residences as potential targets for criminals. The officers are distributing information for residents with safety tips to keep homes and vehicles protected against crimes of opportunity.
Locking car and house doors and avoiding leaving valuables in plain sight are among the tips that the officers are providing.
Through targeted efforts by the Orlando Police Department, residential crime dropped more than 10 percent last year. Under the leadership of new Chief John Mina, we are continuing to combat property crime, including the creation of a burglary crime task force made up of officers from multiple police divisions and patrol units.
Focusing on locking our car and house doors is just one of the many ways that we can continue to keep crime outside of our community. I encourage you to attend our Summer Safety Series events in May and June and learn more about how we can work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.