Christmas is a time filled with; love, laughter, family, peace on earth and goodwill towards man…or at least it should be!
Let’s be honest, for most of us at one point or another during the shopping for presents and dealing with family…will have a “holiday episode” like Clark W Griswold! (This video has some swearing, so it might not suitable for kids).
One stressful situation we shouldn’t have to worry about is having your car broken into, whether at home or while you’re out shopping. Unfortunately this is an ideal time for criminals to strike as they know we’re busy and distracted with all the preparations for the season.
There is some good news, yesterday The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) launched their Lock It OR Lose It campaign with police forces from across the province.
Police officers, auxiliary officers and crime prevention personnel will be checking parked vehicles to make sure they are locked and valuables are out of sight. They will leave a note on your car to remind you of what you forgot or just to say congratulations if you did a good job!
Here are their Top 10 tips:
- Ensure doors are always locked and the key is in your pocket
- Park in well-lit areas
- Never leave money in plain sight
- Always roll up your car windows
- Put shopping bags and other parcels in the trunk
- Ensure GPS is put in a safe, out-of-sight location
- Keep vehicle registration certificate and proof of insurance on you
- Take electronics, including your cellphone, with you
- Don’t leave your car running unattended
- If parking in the same lot often, park in different spots each day
It’s really comforting to know that criminals aren’t the only ones keeping an eye on our vehicles, so you can have peace of mind if you follow these tips. It’s also great to see how all the police forces are working together on this project, so if you’re shopping out of town…you’ll still have a friendly set of eyes watching out for you!
Leaving your vehicle unlocked is an invitation to would-be criminals to victimize you. By simply securing your vehicle and placing valuables out of sight you are making it far more difficult for criminals to steal that vehicle and/or its contents. #lockitorloseit @OACPOfficial pic.twitter.com/JR9SbNnn2n— London Police ON (@lpsmediaoffice) December 8, 2017
We are proud to partner with @OACPOfficial and take part in the provincial #Lockitorloseit campaign. Please remember to lock your vehicles and hide your valuables. Don't make it easy for a thief to ruin your holidays. https://t.co/rTh8NhDlXz pic.twitter.com/roUw0qrp0B— Waterloo Reg. Police (@WRPSToday) December 7, 2017