White Rock RCMP are offering a few simple steps that citizens can take to keep safe this holiday season.
“’Tis the season to be jolly, but if you are the victim of a crime it can sure put a pine needle into your proverbial holiday bubble,” said Const. Janelle Shoihet.
• carry only what you need in terms of cash and credit cards;
• tuck packages and gifts out-of-sight when parked;
• when shopping, park in a well-lit area close to the store;
• keep reciepts for purchases, not only for returns, but also to cross-reference with credit card statements;
• have a light or television on while you are away;
• beware of criminals posing as delivery people in order to gain entry to a home or apartment building;
• lock doors and windows even when you’re home;
• if travelling, ensure someone knows your planned route and estimated time of arrival;
• don’t drink and drive; if hosting others, serve non-alcoholic beverages;
• always ask for identification from people soliciting donations;
• ensure Christmas lights, decorations and cords are in good shape.
Anyone who finds themselves a victim of crime, or notices something suspicious should contact police. In White Rock, call 778-593-3600; in Surrey, 604-599-0502.