Lexington, KY – One Kentucky police force took a holiday season public service announcement to a whole new level by performing their own interpretation of a classic from “The Sound of Music” (video below).
The Lexington Police Department rewrote the lyrics to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” and released a music video on Dec. 8 that warned citizens to lock their car doors.
“My Stolen Things: a Lex PD sing-along!” the police department introduced the video on its official Facebook page.
The video, posted on Sunday, had been viewed more than 20,000 times, and had been shared almost 10,000 times, by Wednesday morning between the department’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Lexington PD made the public service announcement as a response to an uptick in thefts from vehicles in 2019.
There were 1,911 thefts from vehicles reported in the city from January through November, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
And 55 guns were reported stolen from vehicles in November alone.
The video featured a man in a hooded sweatshirt going through a neighborhood checking for unlocked car doors.
The action took place in the background as a variety of Lexington police officers sang the special lyrics.
The video was made in karaoke, sing along-style, and the lyrics ran across the bottom of the screen as a bouncing ball guided the listener to sing along.
“Cash in my wallet and credit cards, too,” sang the first officer. “My driver’s license and change that was loose.”
In the video, the thief opened up all the car’s hidey holes to steal change.
“A leather purse hidden under my seat,” a female officer sang. “These are a few of my stolen things.”
“Cell phones and laptops and iPads and Kindles, expensive cameras and a box of tools,” another officer sang, listing the items most commonly stolen out of parked vehicles.
The video ended after the ensemble gathered together and sang a finale: “We’ve learned not to ever keep stuff in our trucks and cars. We simply remember our stolen things and to always lock our doors!”
“Don't let your favorite things become your stolen things,” the Lexington Police Department warned in the video’s caption on its YouTube channel. “Never leave valuables, especially firearms, inside your car. Always remember to lock your doors.”
The Lexington Police Department said in a press release on the department’s official website that it has recently made several arrests of suspects connected to the thefts from vehicles.
Lexington police detectives arrested 26-year-old Ronald Hunter III who was believed to be responsible for hundreds of thefts from vehicles in the past few months.
Hunter was charged with multiple counts of receiving stolen property, fraudulent use of a credit card, and theft of a firearm, according to the press release.
Police also arrested three juvenile suspects in connection with the thefts.
A 15-year-old male suspect was arrested for theft of a handgun that had been left in an unlocked pickup truck, according to the release.
Two more boys, ages 15 and 16, were arrested after they were caught driving a car that they had stolen when it was left running unattended with a gun inside.
Check out the Lexington PD’s PSA video here below: