Friday, July 12, 2024

Protect Your Home From Break-ins

Staff

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In light of the recent day-time break-ins and thefts that have occurred within our detachment area, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is offering home owners the following tips to help protect their property:

  • Tall trees, shrubs and fences create hiding spots for criminals.  Keep your landscaping neatly groomed. 

  • Always lock the doors and windows, even if you are away for only a short period of time.  Consider using quality locks and a deadbolt on each outside door.

  • Keep the grass cut or, in winter, keep the driveway shovelled.

  • Don’t let the mail accumulate if you’re going to be away.

  • If you’re planning a trip, be careful who you tell.  Don’t advertise your absence using social media.

  • Get to know your neighbours.  Watch out for one another.  Report suspicious people, vehicles or activity to police right away so they can investigate immediately.

  • Ensure that the outside lights work.  Consider motion sensor lights.

  • Engrave identifying marks on your property.  This makes it easier for police to identify recovered stolen items.

  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight.

  • If you hide a key outside, ensure it’s not hidden in an obvious location.

Break-ins are a crime of opportunity which you can help to control by taking some pro-active steps to protect your property.  . 

For more information on crime prevention tips can, visit www.opp.ca   

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