Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
Based on recent public surveys, community feedback, and crime analysis, vehicle owners are concerned about vehicle theft and thefts from vehicles. Get informed and get involved - be aware of factors that might make vehicles more attractive to thieves and vandals. Let's work together for a safer community!
If you have been a victim of vehicle related theft, report it. This enables the police to track patterns of criminal behavior and better deploy police resources in an effort to resolve a broader problem.
Tips & Hints
- Don't leave personal identification, vehicle registration or insurance certificates, or credit cards in your vehicle.
- Remove valuables and shopping bags from view. This includes loose change and electronic devices such as iPods, cell phones and GPS navigation systems.
- Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
- Close windows and lock the doors.
- Never leave your car or house keys in your vehicle.
- Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic.
Following these basic safety tips provides a good start for safeguarding you and your family.
- Protect yourself...
- Ensure your home is well lit and has good locks.
- Always secure all doors and windows when your home is unoccupied.
- Get to know your neighbours.
If you're going away...
- Leave the following information with a trusted neighbour:
- where and how long you're going;
- how you can be reached, in case of emergency; and
- if anyone will be visiting your home (e.g., gardener, repair person).
- Ask that neighbour to pick up mail or newspapers, mow the lawn, shovel the driveway, etc. to make your house look lived-in.
- Suspicious persons or activities (e.g., unaccredited door-to-door salespeople, someone taking a "short cut" through your neighbour's backyard).
- Vehicles passing by many times, suspiciously parked or constantly traveling through alleyways.
- Obvious invitations to burglars (e.g., open garage doors, unlocked cars, the accumulation of newspapers on a vacationing neighbour's doorstep).
If you see something suspicious...
- Write down the description of any suspicious persons (e.g., complexion, body build, height, weight, age, type of clothing worn).
- Get the make, model, colour and license plate number of any suspicious vehicles.
- Notify Captain or Co-Captain and/or RCMP of any suspicious persons or activity.
- Remember, if it's a crime in progress, don't put yourself in danger - call 9-1-1 immediately.