Social Media Status Updates concern Halton Regional Police

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Social Media Status Updates concern Halton Regional Police
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As we head into summer the Halton Regional Police are becoming concerned about people sharing their locations via status updates on social media.

There have been a number of break ins during the month of June 2016. The common thread is the home owners are away and the robberies are happening during the day. Front doors are forced open and the thieves are taking cash, jewelry, and electronics.

The rash of robberies have occurred in Milton and Halton Hills, but some have been happening in Oakville. The Halton Regional Police would like to remind the community to be aware of their surroundings, and get to know your neighbours, so you’ll know when someone shouldn’t be prying in a front door.

A few things to keep in mind when you head out to work, or in particular when you are on vacation:

  1. Invest in a proper deadbolts, a good lock is usually the best deterrent.
  2. Keep your windows locked
  3. Make sure the front of your home is well kept – no accumulation of newspapers, your lawn is cut, and the flowers are watered.
  4. Don’t announce you’ll be going away on social media, or provide status updates while you are away. Pictures of your time away can be shared when you’ve arrived back home.
  5. Mark your valuable electronics
  6. Do not keep large quantities of cash at home, or jewelry out in the open.
  7. Have a safe to put your valuables in or secure a safety deposit box at your local bank.
  8. Install a video surveillance system, robbers don’t like having their photo’s taken.

Should you see something suspicious happening, contact the Halton Regional Police at (905) 825-4747 or Halton Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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