Crime Prevention Tips

Everyone plays a role in crime prevention. Here are some simple things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Recognizing a Scam

If that special offer has any of these features, it may be a scam:

  • it sounds too good to be true
  • you must pay or you can't play
  • you must give them your private financial information
  • you are asked to wire transfer money

For your protection:

  • Do not rush into something involving your money or your property.
  • Never give your credit card numbers or any other personal information out over the phone, unless you are absolutely sure of who you are dealing with.
  • Do not hesitate to check the credentials of a salesman or public official.
Protecting Your Home

These simple steps can help make your home safer and less likely to be targeted:

  • shrubs that are cut below window level
  • tree limbs that are cut above window level
  • address that is visible from the street and at night
  • entrances to the house and garage that are well lit
  • doors and windows that are secured and locked at all times
Preventing Auto Theft

Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Reduce your chances with these simple steps:

  • Park in secure, well-lit areas.
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle—shopping bags, tools, spare change, electronics, and back packs can all tempt a thief.
  • Use an anti-theft device.
Preparing for a Vacation

Before leaving on vacation, take a few extra steps to keep your home secure while you're away:

  • Set timers for lights and radios.
  • Inform a neighbour of your departure and arrival times.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Lock any valuables in a safe.
Avoiding Distracted Driving

You are four times more likely to crash if you are on your phone while driving. These steps can help to keep you save while driving:

  • Let your calls go to voicemail and ignore text messages while driving.
  • Turn your phone off or put it in the truck to avoid temptation.
  • If you have to take a call, pull over where it's safe or use a hands-free device.