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Perth County OPP Crime Prevention Tips

Web posted on January 03, 2013

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding all citizens that break-ins often occur after the Christmas Holidays end and the Winter Holiday travelling season begins.

It is common knowledge that during the Christmas Season many people are the recipients of some very nice gifts. Sadly this is also the time of year when perpetrators target homes with the hopes of stealing all the new gifts received over the holidays.

A sure fire way to prevent advertising what gifts you received is to ensure the boxes they came in are carefully packaged for disposal, not showing what the box contained and only left out just prior to garbage or recycling collection. This will prevent would-be-thieves from knowing what new gifts you received.

Of course the usual crime prevention tips always apply such as locking your doors and keeping all your personal affects secure at all times. Staggering the amount of boxes you put into the garbage each week is another way of advertising how many new gifts are potentially in the home.

For those citizens leaving to warmer climates over the next several weeks, the OPP urges you to ensure that your home is secure, someone is looking after it and that you ensure it has a "lived in" look. Having someone keep your driveway clear of snow and picking up the newspaper and/or mail while you are away is an added security measure as well. In fact having a neighbour park their vehicle in your unattended driveway will give it the added perception that someone is home.

For more tips on crime prevention visit the OPP home page at and click on the resource tab.