Police offer tips to prevent thefts

Western Region OPP officials are reminding all citizens that break-ins often occur after the Christmas holidays end and the traveling season begins.  

It is common knowledge that during the Christmas season many people are the recipients of some very nice gifts.  Sadly this is also the time of year when perpetrators target homes with the hopes of stealing all the new gifts received over the holidays.

A sure fire way to prevent advertising what gifts you received is to ensure the boxes they came in are carefully packaged for disposal, not showing what the box contained and only left out just prior to garbage collection.

Of course the usual crime prevention tips always apply such as locking doors and keeping all personal affects secure at all times. Staggering the amount of boxes put into the garbage each week is another way of avoiding advertising how many new gifts are potentially in the home.

For those citizens leaving to warmer climates over the next several weeks, the OPP urges you to ensure that your home is secure, someone is looking after it and that you ensure it has a “lived in” look.  Having someone keep your driveway clear of snow and picking up the Newspaper and/or mail while you are away is an added security measure as well.

For more tips on crime prevention visit www.opp.ca and click on the resource tab.