Ottawa residents are urged to ‘mind their valuables’

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

“Now that the warm weather is here, it’s important to remember to keep doors and windows to your house locked properly when there’s no one around,” said Acting Inspector Donna MacNeil-Charbot. “It’s also important not to leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle where they may become accessible to would-be thieves. Ensure your car and house windows and doors are closed tightly or locked.”

Changing your behavior can reduce the risk of being targeted for theft. A few more summer safety tips follow:
• Ensure your garage and shed and your 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.

For more crime prevention tips visit: http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safety-and-crime-prevention.asp


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