Ottawa Residents are urged to ‘mind their valuables’

(Ottawa)— The Ottawa Police Service is advising the public to ‘mind their valuables’ and change behavior to prevent crimes of opportunity that may increase with warmer weather.

“With the nice weather here, residents should be mindful of creating opportunities for thieves and take a moment to ensure their valuables are secured and safe,” said Staff Sergeant Atallah Sadaka, Central District Community.

Changing your behavior, when it comes to putting valuables out of sight and locking up, can reduce the risk of being targeted for theft.

• Ensure your garage, shed; home and vehicle are always locked, even when you are home.
• Ensure car windows and doors are closed tightly or locked.
• Park facing the street and in a well lit area so that anyone tampering with your vehicle is more noticeable.
• Ensure that bicycles are stored out of sight and locked.
• Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle, such as personal identification, vehicle registration, insurance certificates or credit cards, etc. Even loose change can make your vehicle a target.
• Place an “All Valuables Removed” card on your car to help remind you to remove valuables before leaving your car and also deter would-be thieves.
• Report any incidents of theft to Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300.

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