• Close vehicle windows and keep vehicle and shed doors locked; remove valuables or store them in a safe and secure place, out of plain sight. This includes loose change and electronic devices, such as iPods, cell phones and GPS navigation.
• Never leave keys in your vehicle.
• Keep cottage and home doors and windows locked and secured; activate your security systems when you leave your property and keep your contact information up-to-date with the alarm company. Most culprits watch for homes that can be broken into quickly and easily, where they can steal valuables and leave without being identified.
• Make your home or cottage appear occupied. Most break and enters happen when no one is home during daylight hours; if an intruder thinks you are home, they will move to their next target.
• Never hide keys outside. Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor.
• Keep your yard well maintained and well lit. Intruders like to stay hidden.
• Know your neighbors, communicate with them on a regular basic and report any suspicious activity to police.
The CBRPS asks for public assistance to prevent these types of crimes and catch those responsible; if you witness any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please contact police or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.