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Police are urging shoppers to be careful, noting that the number of thefts from vehicles typically go up during this time.
Also break and enters seem to be crimes of opportunity that would-be thieves can't resist," said Constable Bill Baines.
"The unfortunate piece of the equation is that we often make ourselves a tempting target."
Baines said people can make themselves a harder target.
- Placing purchases in the trunk of your vehicle and not leaving anything visible in the passenger compartment.
- Park in well lit and high traffic areas.
- If making several trips to the car to drop off purchases, move your vehicle to a different location and re-enter the store or mall through a different door.
- Consider making a trip home to drop off purchases and remember to lock your residence.
- Making sure that doors and windows are locked.
- Ensure that outside lighting is working and adequate.
- Close window dressings so that people walking by cannot see in.
- Angle window blinds up, so that someone looking in can't see what's under the tree.
- Do not place gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve.
- After Christmas, when putting boxes out to the road, fold the cardboard so that any indication of what was in the box can't be seen.
"A 42" TV box with a brand name and picture of the TV advertises to a would be thief, the fact that a big ticket item may be in the house," added Baines.