File #2020-04-06

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Crime Stoppers wants you to help prevent future crimes:
Continuing from last week’s crime prevention strategies for residents and while still practicing social distancing and self-isolation, what better time to improve the safety for your family and property. Help improve the safety for your family and home while deterring criminal activity and improving security around your home, outbuildings, vehicles and during online activities for today and into the future
Try some of these simple techniques:
Ensure all your computers, tablets and smartphones are set up with and using a secure and unique password. Keep it secret and change it regularly ensuring you use a mix of upper and lower case alpha-numeric and special characters. Use only secure and trusted websites for any financial transactions. Be mindful of what you post on social media and use privacy settings. Avoid posts letting others know when you are away from your property. Ensure your anti-virus and malware software is up-to-date. And be aware of online frauds and scams by checking the Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre websites. If it sounds too good to be true or if you’re in doubt on its origin, DON’T respond.
If you can afford it and feel more comfortable, security cameras are an effective way to monitor your property and many can be linked to your smartphone/device so you can be alerted to activity in real time. Invest in high quality cameras for clearer images day and night.
Be a good neighbour and look out for one another. Report any suspicious activity and consider joining or forming a Block Watch group with your neighbours. Please visit www.blockwatch.com to learn about this program. Practice 9 pm “lock it or lose it” routine by setting an alarm on your smart device to remind you to check doors, windows and vehicles for security.
As most crimes are crimes of opportunity, remove the opportunity. Being informed, aware and actively utilizing crime prevention strategies could be the difference for you and your family.

Anyone with information on this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at:
• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)