Thursday April 20, 2017 – Spring Crime Prevention Tips

Calls for Service:
(April 19 at 8 a.m. to April 20 at 8 a.m.) 74

Spring Crime Prevention Tips:
With the warmer weather here the Peterborough Police Service reminds residents of the following crime prevention tips:

When at Home:

  • It’s a good idea to keep your doors and windows locked
  • When in the backyard lock your front door and vice versa
  • Do not keep your garage door open with the contents easily accessible. If you are working in the backyard keep your garage door shut
  • Consider installing an alarm system

In Your Yard:

The following outdoor belongings are often targeted by thieves:

  • Ladders: If you keep ladders out, be sure to chain or padlock them. A ladder can be used to gain entry to second story windows. If at all possible, store the ladders in a shed or garage
  • Tools: Put tools away after a day of yard work. Lock them in a shed or in an enclosed garage area. Screwdrivers, hammers and pry bars can be used to break into your home, garage, or vehicle
    Tables and chairs: Use a chain or a cable to lock your patio furniture
  • Bicycles and other ride-on toys: Always put them in a garage or shed. If you do not have either, lock them to something that can’t be moved
  • Trim trees and bushes that could conceal burglars, especially around windows and doors
  • Keep your yard maintained to give the house a lived-in appearance. Cut grass, rake leaves, remove dead branches and debris
  • Install motion-sensitive outside lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows
  • Ensure your fence and gate are in good repair – check for holes and damage that may need repair. Keep your gate locked at all times and ensure the lock works properly. A lock or latch that self closes and can be padlocked when you are away is recommended
  • Install privacy slats in chain link fences

In Your Community

  • Get to know your neighbours – residents should become familiar with the routine in their neighbourhoods
  • Leave keys and emergency phone numbers with a trusted neighbour
  • Keep up appearances – a well-tended neighbourhood is less attractive to criminals and vandals
  • Get involved in crime prevention programs

Other tips from our partners at the Edmonton Police Service: