The Ontario Provincial Police supported by the North Grenville Police Services Board has become aware of an increase in residential break-ins within communities surrounding North Grenville.
Home owners should be on the watch for any suspicious people or activity in your neighbourhood.
Have a trusted neighbour keep an eye on your home if you plan to be away and never announce your absence on social media. Ensure that someone will cut the grass and do not let newspapers or mail accumulate.
Deter potential criminals by ensuring outside lights work and consider motion-sensor lighting. Lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re just going out for a short time. Install quality locks and a deadbolt on each outside door.
Avoid access by intruders – lock your vehicles at all times. Remove or secure valuables out of sight, even when parked in the garage and store bicycles in garages and sheds. Trees, shrubs and fences create hiding spots for criminals. Keep your landscaping groomed and limit privacy fencing.
Keep all valuables in the home in secure locations. Consider recording serial numbers and taking photos of personal property for documentation purposes.
The OPP is asking anyone who witnesses any suspicious vehicles or people around a residence to contact police immediately. Note the descriptions of the people as well as the vehicles and, if possible, obtain a license plate.
Prevention starts with you. By working together, neighbours can make their community a safer place to live. Neighbourhood Watch provides a means of reducing the opportunity for crime to occur through the active participation of citizens in crime prevention. Citizens are taught how to make their homes less inviting to thieves, their personal property less desirable to burglars, and how to be alert to suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods. Because very few people are able to protect their homes all the time, Neighbourhood Watch provides a sense of security for individuals or families who leave their homes unattended for any length of time. The program also helps to coordinate the efforts of police and the neighborhood encouraging strong community involvement and unity, which can deter crime. By getting involved, residents can improve home security, get to know their neighbours and learn what is suspicious and what to do about it.
If you are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Community contact Constable Annie Collins at Grenville County OPP (613) 258-3441.