Holiday Crime Prevention
Release Date: December 4, 2018
During the Holiday Season, property thefts from homes, vehicles, workplaces, recreational facility lockers, and other public areas, rise dramatically. As part of our crime prevention initiatives Kingston Police would like to help make our community aware of these types of thefts and how to best avoid becoming a victim.
- Be sure to lock your vehicle whether you are parking in your driveway, on the street, at the mall, or even at your workplace. Thieves will be checking parked cars and they will most likely enter or break into vehicles when they see valuables or gifts in plain sight. #LockItOrLoseIt https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/news-community/news-releases/crime-prevention-campaign-lock-it-or-lose-it/.
- Decline front step parcel drop off. Thieves are well aware that during the holiday season many people are receiving valuable gifts through delivery services and they are constantly wandering and biking through our neighbourhoods looking for recently delivered goods.
- Avoid leaving vehicle keys, valuables, cash, credit cards, and even your identification in lockers at recreational facilities. Thieves are frequently entering these locations and breaking into lockers, even cutting off locks to gain access.
- Don’t forget to lock your home doors and windows whenever possible, and don’t leave expensive gifts wrapped or un-wrapped in plain view from windows in your home. Thieves often peak in home windows to see if anything of value makes it worth the risk of committing a break and enter.
- Thieves are aware many of us leave during the Holidays. Whether you ’re a student going home or a local resident traveling somewhere, you should take a few steps to decrease the chance your residence may be broken into:
- Make sure your home/apartment is locked up.
- Have a trusted neighbor/friend check on the residence, shovel your driveway, walkway, porch, etc.
- Contact the post office to put your mail on hold or have someone collect it while you are gone.
- Put some lights, music or a television on a timer. Make it look like someone is home.
- Do not post on social media that you will be away or post your holiday photos while you are away.
- For more tips on Home, Auto and Business Security see our website: https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/safety-crime-prevention/home-business-auto/
This year’s @OACPOfficial Crime Prevention theme is “Help us Help You”, and by taking the following measures you can help Kingston Police to identify and return your property if it is stolen:
- Record make, model and serial numbers of bicycles and electronic gifts as you purchase and/or receive them.
- Take a photo of particularly valuable and/or unique items.
- Register your bicycle on the Kingston Police Bike Watch program https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/news-community/community-programs/bike-watch/