LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wallets, purses, cell phones and laptops are listed in song along with tool boxes, wedding rings, musical instruments, guns, and knives. These are all some of Lexington neighbors’ reported stolen things from car thefts over the years. The department’s spokeswoman, who wrote the song ‘My Stolen Things’ for officers to perform in uniform, was inspired to get creative to produce the public service announcement (PSA).
The song goes to the tune of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘My Favorite Things’ from The Sound of Music. Brenna Angel, Lexington Police Department’s Public Information Officer, was inspired to get creative to remind residents to stop leaving their car doors unlocked.
“Sometimes there are unfortunately people that their car has been broken into multiple times simple because they forget to lock their doors, and so we’re trying to tell people to be more diligent,” says Angel.
So far this year as of November, there have been 1,911 car thefts. That’s on pace to surpass last year’s total. Angel says more guns have been stolen, which sometimes are used to commit other crimes.
Young people have been arrested for some of the thefts, including two 15-year-olds. The young men face gun charges.
The new PSA has gotten at least one million views across social media platforms. Many reviews are raving.
Neighbor Norman Beckham, Sr., applauded the video, and laughed. “I think it’s good! I don’t see nothing wrong with it, they’re trying to get a point across and sometimes it takes things like that to get points across!” he said.
There have been some not-so-positive, more critical, views. One comment from a Facebook-user: “Less time singing, more time looking for thiefs.”
Angel says the video is part of officers’ jobs. “If we can prevent a crime from happening, then that IS us doing our jobs,” she says.