Everyone plays a role in crime prevention. Here are some simple things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
British Columbians are being targeted by fraudsters who want to profit from consumers' fears and desire to protect themselves from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is reporting that scammers are setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information.
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.
If you receive a suspicious phone call or email from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - question it! Canadians lose millions of dollars each year through various CRA scams.
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
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.
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.
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.