THUNDER BAY – Crime – Over the long Victoria Day weekend, hundreds of Thunder Bay families head out to camp to set up for the summer. Hundreds of others are headed stateside to the United States to engage in their ritual Duluth or Minneapolis shopping sprees.
Heading into the weekend, Thunder Bay Police are seeing a slower level of crime so far this week. Police responded to fifty six incidents over the past twenty four hours. There were in that total, four incidents reported of thefts from vehicles, and on vehicle reported stolen. There were also seven incidents of property crime.
Don’t Forget Home Security on Victoria Day Weekend
If you are going away for the Victoria Day long weekend, it is important to keep in mind that keeping your home safe should be a part of your holiday routine.
Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house. If you are staying home, when you go to bed make sure the doors are locked. It is a great practice to keep your doors locked when you are at home.
Shut the Front Door!
If you are gardening it is tempting to leave the front door open. Crooks will love you for it. As you are working away in the back yard, they might be loading your valuables into their car out the front door.
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect a radio or some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
Keep your garage door closed and locked. This is especially important if there is a doorway from the garage into the house. Remember all those tools stored in the garage would be helpful to a crook trying to break into your house.
Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange for a trusted friend or neighbour to take them in over the weekend.
Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. You can also put in a secure stick to lock them. If you know a Toronto Maple Leaf, or Montreal Canadians hockey fan, they might have a stick you can use, since they are out playing golf. 😀
Never leave keys under flowerpots, doormats, inside locked mailboxes, or in other what you might think are “secret” hiding places…burglars know them all.
Mark your valuables with an engraver for identification purposes. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
Keep a detailed inventory of all your personal possessions so that you can provide a complete description of stolen items to Police and your insurance company.
Don’t tempt a thief:
Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues, and bicycles are best stored out of sight. If they must be outside, lock them up.
Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
A ladder left outside your house or garage is a temptation to a thief to climb in an upper story window on your house, or on a neighbour’s home.
Use curtains or blinds on garage and basement windows.
Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone Shopping.”
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside. Use a neighbour’s phone to call police.
Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.