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Crime prevention tips for the September long weekend

Keep your Home Safe

  • Lock your windows and doors when you leave the house: Whenever you choose to leave the house, always make sure to lock your windows and doors. This will prevent criminals from breaking into your residence during your vacancy.
  • Don’t post on social media until you have returned from your trip: While you are away for the long weekend, avoid posting on social media about your trip. This will prevent strangers from knowing that you’re away for the weekend.
  • Tell your close neighbors that you will be out of town: This will ensure that your house is monitored during your time away. Only tell a selection of trusted people that you are leaving.
  • Install cameras around your house: This will provide 24/7 surveillance on your property. Any movement that is detected, will send you a notification on your mobile phone alerting you of the current activity from your house.

 

Keep Yourself Safe

  • Drive smart, drive safe: Avoid driving alone or at night, when visibility is poor. Always have a map of your destination (paper maps are especially important- electronics may die, lose signal, break, etc.). When driving long distances, have a plan to change drivers or stop for rest to avoid fatigue.
  • If going swimming, ensure your company can swim and supply safety devices: Young children or other inexperienced swimmers need to be closely watched and given flotation devices near pools or bodies of water. Get safety training/learn CPR so you can be prepared for an emergency. Stay in areas with cell-phone signal if possible so that emergency services can be reached quickly. Do not go swimming alone, intoxicated, or in poor weather conditions.
  • Be aware of alcohol consumption and/or consumption of other drugs: Stay away from bodies of water and steep drop-offs while under the influence, and regulate your consumption to keep yourself and others safe. Do not operate a boat while under the influence.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash on your trip: In crowded areas during holiday times, pickpockets are more likely to look for victims. Don’t carry large amounts of cash, and store money on a clip or in your front pocket.