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December 10, 2015: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Anti-theft caution is always in season.

December 10, 2015: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Anti-theft caution is always in season

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.

“Take the extra few seconds to store your purchases out of sight in your trunk.”

As I promised the last time I was here, it’s time to talk again about preventing thefts from vehicles. The big attraction this time? Christmas, when no one it seems leaves home without a shopping list or two. If you’re going to be using your vehicle to do your Christmas shopping, I’d like you to keep a few things in mind.

All the extra shopping at this time of year, especially if it’s at the last minute, increases the temptation to dump bags and boxes on the back seat as you go. You’ll only be gone a minute, right? And a minute is all it takes for someone to spot your shopping and try to make off with it. Maybe, thinking you’ll only be gone a minute, you don’t even bother to lock the car. Another gift for the would-be thief.

Take the extra few seconds to store your purchases out of sight in your trunk. Take a second to lock the car, even if you’re gone for only a minute. Once you’re home, take everything in the house right away. If you’ve got a garage, keep it locked. Don’t make it any easier than it already is for someone to break into your vehicle.

While I’m on the subject of theft, your house itself becomes a better target at this time of year, when big-ticket items often show up on those lists I mentioned earlier. Once you’ve done your unwrapping on Christmas day, don’t advertise what’s in your house when you put the boxes out for recycling. Turn them inside out first.

n the midst of all the preparation for Christmas, you might also be taking time to attend a party or two. If you’re going to be driving, give the alcohol a miss and have the best party ending ever – the one where you arrive home alive.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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