THUNDER BAY – LIVING – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is asking all citizens to be extra vigilant this Holiday Season as one of the busiest shopping occasions of the year is upon us.
Everyone, including would-be-thieves, know that shopping centres will be packed the next several weeks with busy shoppers purchasing gifts. An absent-minded shopper is a perfect target for a thief looking for a quick and vulnerable target.
Take the target off your back by following these Crime Proofing Techniques;
– Never carry or display large amounts of cash when checking out or at ATM’s.
– Never leave a purse or wallet unattended in a shopping cart or change room.
– Never leave purchased items unattended at any time.
– Keep purchased goods in a locked vehicle trunk and out-of-sight.
– Always check and double-check to make sure your vehicle is locked.
– Park in well-lit portions of parking areas with high-volume foot traffic.
– Shop with a friend whenever possible for company and protection.
– If leaving your home unattended – always lock and secure doors/windows.
– Leave a few lights on at home to give a “lived-in” look.
– Have a friend or neighbour clear your driveway of snow for a “lived-in” look.
– Have a neighbour park their vehicle in your driveway for a “lived-in” look.
– Report ANY suspicious activity/persons to police or security officials immediately!
Don’t let a Festive Thief turn your Festive Season into a horrible memory. Crime Prevention works best when we all work at it together!