Prevention is a Great Cure for Property Crime

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Take a "Bite out of Crime" with simple prevention

THUNDER BAY – There have been a number of car-hopping incidents reported across Thunder Bay and out into the region. Prevention is one of the best ways to halt this crime in its tracks. These thieves thrive on easy opportunities, items in easy sight, unlocked doors on sheds, homes, and vehicles make these crimes fairly easy pickings.

Over the past week, there were 119 incidents reported to Thunder Bay Police Service involving theft, robbery, and property crime (Reporting Period – September 22 – September 29, 2019: Source Crime Reporting)

You are not likely to be able to prevent a determined thief. However, you can reduce your stress level and what they can steal by taking certain preventive steps.

The Ontario Provincial Police say that “It is still very common for people in smaller towns to leave their homes and vehicles insecure at night. Every year, the OPP respond to property crimes that could have easily been prevented.

“The overwhelming majority of these crimes are the result of ‘opportunities’ such as open sheds, garages and unlocked vehicles. Very few of these types of incidents involve damaging to the property to gain entry.

“With a few small steps, this type of property crime can be reduced. The following are some tips to keep you and your property safe:

  • Ensure vehicle and home windows are shut (and locked, if possible).
  • Close and secure all garages and outbuildings on your property.
  • Turn on outside lights at night.
  • Remove keys, wallets, cash, garage door openers and other valuables from vehicles.
  • Close and lock doors on vehicles and homes.
  • Don’t hide keys in secret places. Leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbor instead.
  • Record or take photos of the serial numbers of your property.
  • Don’t hide keys in secret places. Leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbor instead.
  • Record or take photos of the serial numbers of your property.”

Here in Thunder Bay, you can check the Crime Map to gain an overview of what is happening in your neighbourhood as well. Visit www.crimereports.com.

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Taking these steps may not prevent all property crime, but it can deter the thieves from simply looking for easy access to your valuables.