(02/25/14) - Fighting crime is not just a police thing.
The proof of that is in the numbers in a Saginaw Township crime prevention program that of course involves the police - and gets help from area businesses.
Lock it Or Lose it asks people to lock their car doors and remove their valuables. Police say it's working because they are getting a lot of help.
"We knew the numbers were pretty good, we didn't know they were this good," said Henry Reyna, Saginaw Township Police.
More and more people in Saginaw Township are locking their car doors. The Saginaw Township Police reports that since 2010, thefts from autos are down a little more than 50 percent. There were 211 such crimes in 2010, and just 104 this past year.
"The success comes from our community members listening," Reyna said.
They have been listening to the message coming from the Lock It or Lose It campaign, a unique campaign in that it's funded in part by two businesses - Saginaw Bay Underwriters and Frankenmuth Insurance.
Jeff Sams, of Saginaw Bay Underwriters, says his company makes a financial donation to the program for billboards and other marketing the police department needs to get the Lock It or Lose It message out there.
"We are insuring cars and property and those kinds of things, so it's a natural fit for us," he said. "It just seems beyond belief that you can have a program that has that much effect."
Reyna believes it's one of the most successful collaborative crime prevention programs in the country. He says the public is also helping by calling 911 when they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods.
"The community members have heard it, they are taking heed, they are actually locking their vehicles up and keeping their property safe," he said.
The 2014 Lock It or Lose It campaign begins Memorial Day weekend.
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