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December 11, 2014: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Holiday Precautions.

December 11, 2014: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Holiday Precautions.

By Cst Dawn Neilly.

There are enough shopping days left until Christmas that I can imagine most, if not all of us, who celebrate this event are still trying to tick off all the items on our lists. Despite the frantic last-minute shopping, Christmas is a happy season on a very human level. Just ask the retailers; ask the kids opening presents on Christmas morning; and don’t forget to ask the thief who has just found your vehicle full of good things destined for family and friends.

The Christmas spirit is not likely to deter the thief who sees a potential bonanza in every parked vehicle, whether it’s in a parking lot, on the street or in your driveway.

A smashed window, a grab and a run is an easy way to ruin anyone’s Christmas, so take the time for a few precautions. Best of all, don’t leave anything of value in an unattended vehicle. You can emphasize this point by displaying an “All Valuables Removed” card. Here’s a web page that will give you more information about the AVR card and how to obtain one: http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safety-and-crime-prevention/Prevent-Theft-From-Vehicles.asp.

If you have to leave items in your vehicle, make sure they are out of sight and the doors and windows are locked. Once you get home, take the items inside immediately.

While we’re on the subject of opportunistic theft, consider the post- Christmas collection day when all the packaging from Christmas gifts goes out for pick up. Break up boxes and turn them inside out to avoid advertising the new additions to the contents of your home.

A little thought and care will go a long way to making the season bright for you and yours. To everyone who will be enjoying a midwinter celebration, I extend my best wishes and, with you, look forward to a safe and happy New Year.

    Community Police Centres

  • Wellington Community Police Centre: 1064 Wellington St. W., 613-236-1222, ext. 5870 (North: Ottawa River, South: Carling Ave., East: Bronson Ave., West: Island Park Dr.)
  • Bayshore Community Police Centre: 98 Woodridge Cres, 613-236-1222, ext. 2345 (North: Ottawa River, South: Carling Ave., East: Churchill Ave., West: March Rd.)
  • Parkwood Hills Community Police Centre: 1343 Meadowlands Dr., 613-236-1222, ext. 2348 (North: Carling Ave., South: Hunt Club Rd., East: Prince of Wales Dr., West: Merivale/Clyde Ave.)

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