I remember some officers being concerned that waking people up in the wee hours of the morning might not be so well received. On the contrary, our experience is that people are quite appreciative of the effort, and glad that we let them know. Here’s an example, that I received yesterday:
“Just wanted to give a Thank You to the Officer who was on my doorstep this morning at 2:30 am - I was a little groggy and I'm not even sure I said anything to him. He came to our door to alert us that we hadn't shut our garage door last night after we came home from the grocery store. We had the garage door light on and were advertising it quite well when he must have driven by. I really appreciate the notification and patience while I figured out that my door bell was ringing before I came down stairs!”
I get this kind of feedback regularly, often in person by someone who recognizes me at the restaurant, coffee shop, or hardware store. It makes quite a lasting impression when Officer Reed Pavelka is introducing himself on your front steps at 2:30 AM, and reinforces the habit of checking the garage door before bedtime for the next six generations.
So far this year, Lincoln police officers have talked to citizens in their flannel jammies and fuzzy slippers (the citizens, that is, not the officers—I think) 142 times. It is widely appreciated, and is the cause of the effect evident in that graph. That is a 59% decrease in open garage door burglaries, and it has driven the 27% decline in rate of all residential burglaries over the past three years.