Personal Property Theft Prevention
Taking a few preventative actions can help prevent thieves from targeting your property and your identity.
Prevent personal property theft
Whether you’re leaving home for a couple of days or a couple weeks, here’s what you can do to help keep your home and personal property secure.
don’t announce your vacation plans online
ask a trusted neighbour or friend to check in on your home every few days
load luggage in your garage, not out on the driveway or street
secure your car – close windows and lock car doors, remove all valuables from your vehicle
double-check all doors and windows to your home are locked
set your security system and perform a final home inspection before you leave
consider using automatic timers for lights on your property
Safeguard your identity
Remember, your identity is your property too. Thieves use personal information to access bank accounts, secure new credit cards, make purchases and pursue other criminal activities. Use a safe location at home or offsite – such as a safe-deposit box – to secure:
bank account and social insurance numbers
credit card information
If you suspect you’ve been targeted by a scam artist, report it to your local police and/or make an anonymous call 24/7 to through the Équité/Crime Stoppers Canada tip line:
1-866-422-4331 (Service en Français)
Or report it online at: https://www.equiteassociation.com/contact
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