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Public Awareness Message Re: Break and Enter

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Written by Patti Foley

Public Awareness Message Re: Break and Enter

The Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents to be proactive regarding a recent increase in daytime break and enters.

General Tips:

Report suspicious people or vehicles.
Lock windows/doors, close window blinds when leaving property unattended (e.g. going to bed, going on vacation, cutting grass)
Repair or secure access points (e.g. locks, garages, doors, windows, and fences/gates).
Increase occupancy indicators (e.g. automatic lights, emptying mailbox, having neighbours or family check on property, leaving radio or TV on).
Install alarm system and/or security cameras.
Mark your property with unique identifiers (e.g. driver’s licence number), serial numbers, or other identifying marks/details which include make and model, or take photographs of valuables so that property can be returned and to assist with investigations.

When Leaving Residence Unattended (especially for extended periods of time):

Let trusted neighbours know how long you will be away.
Ask a neighbour to take in mail, remove newspapers, shovel the sidewalk or mow the lawn.
Given a trusted neighbour a key or lock code and have them check on the resident regularly.
Leave a contact number.
Have your neighbour use your driveway to park a vehicle so it appears someone is at home.

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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