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OPP host Crime Prevention Week

It’s Crime Prevention Week in Ontario.  This week police across the province will be encouraging residents to think about how they can do their part to reduce crime.  Officers say everyone can play a role in reducing crime by completing a few simple tasks to avoid crime at home, in your neighbourhood, to your vehicle and online.  Our local West Parry Sound OPP will be holding a lock it or lose it campaign while also a Safe Guard Ontario display.

Here are some tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

At home:

– Keep valuables in a safe deposit box

– Secure doors and windows when you leave

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– If you are away for an extended period of time, keep a lived-in look to your house. Have automatic timers for lights to go on and off

– Have a trusted friend or relative do an onsite visit to your home and collect mail or cancel mail delivery when away for extended periods of time

– Utilize some type of identification of your property

– Do not leave keys hidden in obvious places

– For young children, do not open the door to strangers. Have a parent or guardian go to the door

Online:

– Never share passwords. Create complex passwords using numbers, letters and symbols

– Beware of internet promotions that ask for personal information. Identity thieves may use phoney offers to get this information from you

– Before giving your credit card number, make sure the website is protected and secured.

– Do not post dates for when you are out of the country on your profile page.

Your vehicle:

– Lock your doors, put up your windows

– Do not leave valuables in plain view.

– Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running

In your neighbourhood

– Report suspicious activity to police

– Ask people if you can help them if they seem out of place, record licence plate numbers.

– Know your neighbours and participate in neighbourhood and cottage watch.

– Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to watch your property.

Remember, crime prevention starts with you! Take the time to report crimes or suspicious activity to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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