When to call an ambulance after a lock-picking incident
Emergency room doctors are advised to call a police officer for assistance after someone has stolen an item from a locked safe or vehicle.
Lock-picking incidents are on the rise across the U.S., according to the American Lockdown Association.
The American Lockdowns Association estimates there were nearly 10,000 such incidents last year, which are on track to surpass the number in 2015.
There have also been a number of reported incidents in Dallas, Houston and other U.K. cities.
Dr. Paul Stroud, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic, told ABC News that his team had to take some measures in the past month when a patient called to report that someone had broken into a safe.
“We had to go through some procedures with the patient to make sure they had the appropriate authorization to enter the safe, and that they knew how to open it,” he said.
Stroud, who has worked in emergency medicine for more than 40 years, said that he and his colleagues have been called in to handle such incidents.
“It’s very rare that somebody actually breaks into a locked vehicle, but it is a very common occurrence,” he explained.
“The person who has stolen is typically someone with a criminal record, but sometimes it’s someone with mental health issues or mental health concerns.”
Stroud said that lock-pickers are a common sight in some areas, particularly in urban areas, but that most people who are locked out of their home don’t know how to prevent them.
“Most people who have an emergency don’t even know how safe it is,” he told ABCNews.com.
“They don’t have lock-down policies in place.
They don’t understand how to secure a safe and how to lock it properly.”
The Lockdown Act of 2006 established a federal law that requires the locking of all vehicles and vehicles with passengers within a specified radius.
It requires lock-downs to be in place for at least 24 hours a day.