Tis the season for giving. But for the criminal element, its the season for taking.
Ridge Meadows RCMP have issued a series of tips to help area residents secure their home and themselves this holiday season.
With the holiday season upon us once again, it is a known fact there are items of value that we will be bringing into our homes, the RCMP said on Facebook.
Unfortunately, thieves know this as well, so Ridge Meadows RCMP have put together this list of How to Better Protect Your Home and suggested that people could call their community policing office for more home security tips.
Dont leave empty cartons in your carport, yard or driveway. You are advertising the fact you have a brand new flat screen TV, laptop, iPad or other very desirable object to steal.
Keep your doors locked even though you may just be in your back yard. It doesnt take long for a thief to slip into and out of your home.
Close and lock all windows each time you leave your home.
If you have an alarm, ensure to set it before you leave home.
Do not keep ladders or tools on the outside of your home. If it can be used to gain entry into your home keep it locked up and out of sight.
Always keep your vehicle locked even if its parked in your carport or driveway. Dont be fooled into thinking your vehicle is safe.
Ensure your garage is secure. This includes any side door(s) you may have. A quick check at night before going to bed can assure this has been done.
While on vacation arrange for someone to shovel/mow the lawn and park in your driveway. Its ideal to have someone you trust, house-sit for you so your home is still lived in while you are away. If this is not possible make sure your home looks lived in.
Use timers on indoor lights and tamper-proof, motion sensor lights around the perimeter of your home. Lighting is the most effective crime prevention tool since criminals do not want to be seen.
Keep your vacation plans off social networks like Facebook. It is easy to gain access to personal information once its entered onto Facebook or another social network.
Make sure your house number is visible during the day and night. In an emergency you want emergency crews to find your house number as soon as possible.
Install a door viewer so you know who is at your door before you open it. Know who is there before you open your door and home to a stranger.
If you observe anyone in your neighbourhood that you feel is suspicious, please call 9-1-1 to report.
A good outcome of these calls is the person belongs there, but it could also be someone who is only there for an unlawful purpose.
It is far better to prevent crime, than to investigate after the fact.
For more information on keeping your home secure, please feel free to contact the Ridge Meadows RCMP Community Police Office at 604-465-2407.
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