MILFORD \u2014 Once the clock strikes 9 p.m., residents should be sure to lock their vehicles and homes, according to a campaign from the Milford Police Department. The police department posted about its #9PMRoutine in a Facebook post Friday in an effort to deter crime. The campaign is supposed to \u201ceducate and encourage Milford residents to eliminate the opportunity for crime,\u201d the police department said \u201cIt\u2019s as easy as making sure your vehicles and homes are locked every night at 9 p.m. and taking your valuables out of the car,\u201d the police department said. In the post, the police put a photo of a man holding a sign saying \u201cIt\u2019s time to lock up.\u201d At 9 p.m., residents should take their valuables out of their cars, lock their vehicles and homes and leave an outside light on. \u201cMake it a habit,\u201d the sign reads. So far this year, the Milford Police Department has reported 65 thefts from motor vehicles and 44 incidents of stolen vehicles, according to data from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. In 2021, there were 203 instances of theft from motor vehicles \u2014 the third most common crime that year behind shoplifting and vandalism \u2014 while there were 108 stolen vehicle incidents, DESPP data shows. Police are also encouraging residents who want a sign for their own yard, neighborhood or business to interact with the post on social media.