Chatham PD launches 'Lock it or Lose it' campaign, hopes to decrease county car break-ins

More than 1000 stick-ons have been ordered for distributions to citizens and businesses (Credit: Briana Trusty).

The Chatham County Police Department is taking a proactive approach to help fight the number of car break-ins in the county.

“It doesn’t take much time to open a car door, get into the glove box and get out," said Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley. "I mean, it’s seconds.”

Those seconds have added up to more than 400 car break-ins since February. Unlocked cars make up for 96 percent of those break-ins.

“Often times we get, 'Oh, I just forgot. I was in a hurry',"said Hadley.

For that reason, Chatham PD is launching the "Lock it or Lose it" campaign.

“We were just trying to think of something creative as a reminder to the citizens to lock their vehicles and we came up with this cling-on," said Hadley.

Officers spent Wednesday morning handing out the cling-ons to citizens and local businesses.

“We want to get out in front of it. We want to let the community know we care, we’re paying attention and we just need a little bit of assistance from them," said Hadley.

Some community members seem to understand the importance of the effort.

“You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked to your house because you don’t want people coming in and seeing your personal belongings or stealing your personal belongings and your hard earned money," said Jordan Johnson, a Savannah resident.

In addition to the cling-ons serving as a physical reminder for drivers to lock up their cars, it will hopefully also help to deter those who are trying to get in.

“It will definitely help people remember and make the criminals know that they can’t get into that car anymore," said Johnson.

Chief Hadley says they don't plan on stopping with their reminders anytime soon.

“We’re just going to keep coming at it and constantly remind the public that we need them to please lock their vehicles. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a society where we can’t," he said.

More than a thousand "Lock it or Lose it" cling-ons have been ordered and county police will continue to hand them out to promote public awareness.

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