Stay safe this holiday season by following these simple tips:
- Check reviews of the company before making any big purchases online.
- Make sure there is a padlock icon in the upper right corner of any page asking for personal or credit card information to ensure the security.
- If you are not going to be home to receive your package then request it be sent to a pick up location so people can’t take items left on your front door.
- Most delivery companies provide a tracking number and can give you text/email updates on the status of your package. This allows you to retrieve your package from your front door quickly and not leave it visible.
- Do not leave purchases sitting on the floor or counter when holiday shopping. With the amount of people shopping at the same time it makes it easier for people to pick up your things undetected.
- If you have to leave purchases in your vehicle, make sure they are secured in your trunk or are out of view if you look through the window.
- Always ensure to double check your car is locked before leaving.
- Walk in well lit, populated places when carrying purchases.
- Before you leave to parties or friends’ houses, have a plan in place for how you are getting home, whether it is a designated driver, taxi, Operation Red Nose, or another agency that brings you and your vehicle home.
- Be cognisant of cannabis consumption – have a designated driver.
- Always be aware of your alcohol consumption – keep an eye on your drink at all times.
- If you are hosting at your house, ask everyone who arrives what their plan is to get home. If someone is too intoxicated to drive offer them a bed, couch, or order them a taxi.
- If you are unable to stop someone who shouldn’t be driving, you will need to call the police. This can put you in a difficult situation – the potential for serious or deadly harm to your friend and others is a very real possibility and it is better to be safe than sorry.
- If you are leaving town to visit family, have someone check on your home. Leave a light on and ensure all windows and doors are secure. Consider installing a security camera.
- Do not keep presents or purchases visible from outside of your home as this can provide motivation for people to break in.
- Do not leave boxes outside your home after the holidays that signal what was purchased (i.e. tv boxes, electronics, car part boxes, etc.)
- Check conditions on DriveBC and Weather Networks before departing to your destination.
- Be aware of black ice, and slippery conditions. Always pay attention to other people on the road.
- Always wear a seatbelt and ensure everyone else in the vehicle is as well for everyone’s safety.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car – blanket, candle, food, water, car battery charger, battery powered phone charger, first aid kit.
- Tell people when you are leaving and when to expect you home. This way people know when to be concerned if you are not on time.
- Try to wait until the next morning when there is sunlight rather than rushing after work to get to your destination on long trips.
Everyone plays a role in crime prevention. Here are some simple things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.