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

Simple steps can help make your home safer, and less likely to be targeted:

  • shrubs are cut below window level
  • tree limbs are cut above window level
  • address is visible from the street, and at night
  • all entrances to the house and garage are well-lit
  • all doors and windows 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 up any valuables in a safe
Avoiding distracted driving

You are four times more likely to crash if you are on your phone 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