The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police are reminding the public to think of their safety this holiday season. The holidays are a special time of the year, but it can also be a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.
Shoppers are advised to park in well-lit areas and refrain from leaving packages or valuables on the seat of their car. If you must leave something in your vehicle, lock it in the trunk and leave it out of sight, thereby reducing the temptation of thieves.
Be extra careful if you carry a wallet or a purse. Wallet carriers are encouraged to never keep wallets in their back pant pocket or coat pocket. Rather, they should keep in in the front pant pocket. Women need to keep their purse close and never leave it hanging on the back of a restaurant chair or in a shopping cart unattended.
If you are leaving your residence for the holidays, keep the house looking like someone is there. Have a relative or friend check the home daily and continue to have driveways and walkways shoveled and mail collected. Never leave gifts or valuables displayed within sight of the windows and consider placing residential lighting on a timer. Make sure your absence isn’t advertised on social media and wait to post those vacation photos until after your holiday .
It’s not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations for charitable causes, although no charity is involved. These solicitations can occur by methods including door-to door sales, on-line e-mails, phone calls and text messages. Don’t be pressured or feel obligated to donate. Do your research first and ensure your money is going towards a recognized charitable organization.
Lastly, be sure no one leaves a party without a sober driver or taxi to take them home. Drinking and driving is never an option!
The OPP wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.