No Gifts for Thieves!!!
2019-12-09 10:01 PST
File # 2019 - Christmas
The first thing to keep in mind is keeping your belongings safe. Theft from Auto continues to be a problem in the Langleys and we need to change our ways significantly. Gone are the days where you can leave little possessions in the car while you quickly run in to this or that store. You need to take EVERYTHING out of sight. No loose change, no mail, no sunglasses and especially no electronics. Leaving these items in plain view is an invitation to thieves. Let’s start a new trend! Leave NOTHING in sight in your car! You can do it!
Now, you have too many bags and decide to make a trip to the car to lighten your load. Think….
- Make sure your parcels are placed in the trunk.
- Make sure you lock the doors to the car are locked so the trunk release isn’t accessible.
- Oh, and don’t leave your vehicle running unattended, not even in your driveway, thieves are thinking,
Why take the little stuff, when I can take the whole car?
It’s getting darker earlier so park somewhere well lit.
- Make sure the employee only swipes your credit / debit card once
- Never take your eyes off your card
- Watch your personal belongings at all times
- Don’t leave your purse unattended
- Close the drapes when you aren’t home so would-be thieves can’t snoop and see all the presents under the tree (that they can come back and steal later…)
- or, put the presents under the tree at the last minute…
- Make sure your parcels are retrieved from your porch speedily - NO PORCH PIRATES!
- Take your boxes for big ticket items like computers, electronics or televisions right to the recycling. Or…
- Cut the cardboard up into really small pieces for your recycle so you don’t alert thieves to your new possessions
- Talk to your neighbours – let them know you will be around and keep an eye on each other’s homes
- Put a timer on your lights to make it look like you’re home. (Use one on the Christmas tree too!)
- Have a friend or neighbour check your house regularly
- Cancel your newspaper
- Arrange for someone to retrieve your mail daily – it’s not just presents the thieves want to steal – they would love to steal your identity too!
- Don’t advertise your absence on social media…
- Ask your neighbours to park in your driveway while you’re away to make it look like you are home.
- Arrange for your driveway to be shoveled if it happens to snow.
Superintendent Murray Power, Officer in Charge Langley Detachment,
A couple of seasonal messages for the great people of The City and Township of Langley. First and most importantly please ensure you and your families brush away the stresses of our fast moving world and truly take time to enjoy each other’s company.
Like all other first responders your Langley RCMP will be there for you no matter what day or time you need us. We will do all we can to assist in making the season safe and fun for everyone.
On behalf of all the staff and members of the Langley RCMP please accept a sincere Seasons Greetings.
Cpl. Holly LargyMedia Relations Officer
Langley RCMP Detachment - "Connected with our Community"
langley.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
22180 - 48A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 8B7
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