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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A metro police department is taking proactive measures to cut down on thefts in summer months.

It's all about making it much tougher for criminals to break into your car, your business and your home.

Midwest City Police aren't going car to car checking door handles, but they are keeping a close eye on vehicles and homes looking for anything which could make them vulnerable to thieves.

Major Robert Cornelison, with Midwest City Police, said, "We train our officers to be as observant as they can."

With summer months here, Midwest City Police say burglaries tend to rise.

It's the reason they are kicking off the "Lock It or Lose It Program," an effort to teach residents to be proactive.

Cornelison said, "It's based on public awareness, educate people how not to be the victim of an auto burglary."

Midwest City Police are doing special patrols trying to find vulnerable areas like unlocked doors, open car windows, or garage doors, finding them before criminals do.

Cornelison said, "If they see a garage door that is open or a vehicle that is left with the windows down then we'll put a little card that says 'hey we were here and your vehicle was unsecured.'"

Cornelison said, "Obviously, we don't have time to check every door handle but you'd be surprised what you can see by just driving slowly."

Many residents think it's a good idea.

Andres Martinez, a Midwest City resident, said, "It's pretty safe right now, but why not add something to it."

Miguel Johnson, a Midwest City resident, said, "Then it lets them feel safe and lets them know there is someone patrolling."

Police have had little negative response to the effort and hope it encourages residents to take part in their personal safety.

Cornelison said, "You know, maybe we'll prevent a burglary down the road."

The program is based on a system developed by criminal justice students at UCO.

Midwest City Police say it has been previously used by the Stillwater Police Department.