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Police caution citizens to protect property as summer approaches

May 26, 2016

As summer approaches and citizens begin to travel, Cape Breton Regional Police remind residents to take the necessary preventative measures to deter property crimes:

· Close vehicle windows and keep vehicle and shed doors locked; remove valuables or store them in a safe and secure place, out of plain sight. This includes loose change and electronic devices, such as iPods, cell phones and GPS navigation.

· Never leave keys in your vehicle.

· Keep cottage and home doors and windows locked and secured; activate your security systems when you leave your property and keep your contact information up-to-date with the alarm company. Most culprits watch for homes that can be broken into quickly and easily, where they can steal valuables and leave without being identified.

· Make your home or cottage appear occupied. Most break and enters happen when no one is home during daylight hours.

· Never hide keys outside. Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor.

· Keep your yard well maintained and well lit. Intruders like to stay hidden.

· Know your neighbors- communicate with them on a regular basis and report any suspicious activity to police.

The CBRPS asks for public assistance to prevent these types of crimes and catch those responsible; if you witness any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please contact police or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.