The May long weekend is here. For many people this is the first weekend of the summer traveling season. Whether you are taking trips up to the family cottage or traveling around the world, it is important to remember a few tips to avoid identifying your home as a potential target for robberies when you are away.
Here are some tips from the Ottawa Police to make your home appear occupied:
· Don’t post on social media that you are going away. Also, avoid posting those amazing vacation photos until you have returned home.
· Have someone take care of outdoor tasks as needed (shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the grass) and collect the mail
· Take out the garbage
· Set some lights on timers (set the timer to random, if possible)
· If you’ve purchased valuables like electronics, cut up the boxes so as not to advertise that you have these expensive items.
For neighbours who are staying at home for these vacation weekends, if you see anything suspicious going on in the community – especially around the home of a neighbour who you know is away on vacation – contact the Ottawa Police.
They have set up a new non-emergency telephone number - (613) 236-1222. You can call this number to report any suspicious behaviours, harassment, thefts, or other non-emergency problems. When in doubt, call the number and report.