On November 10, Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment Inspector Chris McGillis, Acting Staff Sergeant Alain Potvin and the detachment’s mascot Rosie attended the local area stores to remind the public that safety is always important.
The Hawkesbury OPP is reminding the public that with the holiday season upon us, it’s even more important to make sure that the gifts you purchase are safe.
Leaving your vehicle unlocked is an invitation to would-be criminals to victimize you. An unlocked vehicle offers the opportunity for theft of the vehicle and/or its contents. An experienced thief can steal a car in as little as 30 seconds. By simply securing your vehicle and placing valuables out of sight you are making it far more difficult for criminals to steal that vehicle or its contents.
During the ‘Lock It OR Lose It’ patrols, police officers and auxiliary officers will examine parked vehicles in public places such as shopping malls, public parking lots, commuter parking lots, etc., to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They will place a small notice on all vehicles checked, indicating whether safety precautions were neglected, to offer simple crime-prevention tips for the driver to protect the vehicle against theft or simply to congratulate the driver for securing their vehicle.
Vehicle owners/passengers can do simple things to decrease the risk of being victimized, such as:
• Never leave a running vehicle unattended
• Lock your doors
• Roll up your windows
• Keep valuables out of sight
• Keep your registration and proof of insurance in your wallet or purse, not in the glove box
• Pocket your keys
• At night or during extended parking periods, always park in a well-lit area.
The OPP is committed to raising crime-prevention awareness and would rather prevent a crime than have to deal with the consequences of crime.
If you see something suspicious and urgent call 911, if you have information regarding a crime after the fact, individuals are urged to contact their local police service 1-888-310-1122.
You may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. All tips are anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Visit www.CrimeStoppers.ca.