Suspicious Activity: Not-so-obvious things to watch for.
Strangers and Solicitors. Check identification of all solicitors, meter readers, and repairmen before allowing them to enter your home. Be suspicious of alleged delivery man with a wrong address or asking if someone lives there. Someone going door-to-door in your neighborhood. Pay attention. If you notice the individual repeatedly tries to open locked doors, peer through windows, or enter backyards, call the police immediately.
Any vehicle moving slowly and without lights, or following a course that appears aimless or repetitive in any location. Particularly in areas of schools, parks and playgrounds. Occupants may be looking for places to rob or burglarize, or they could be drug pushers or sex offenders. Parked, occupied vehicles containing one or more persons.If it is an unusual hour they could be lookouts for a burglary in progress. Continuous repair operations at non-business locations. Could mean stolen property is being stripped, repainted, or otherwise altered. • Persons quickly changing vehicles. Maybe attempting to elude the police or abandoning a stolen vehicle. Someone carrying property at an unusual hour, especially if it does not look newly purchased. If it is an unusual hour they could be lookouts for a burglary in progress. One or more individuals walking through the neighborhood looking into automobiles or backyards. Any person taking a shortcut through a backyard. An abandoned vehicle parked on your block.
Make the Right Call
it is important to know the numbers to call for an appropriate response:
• 911 – for life-threatening emergencies or crimes in progress;
• 613-230-6211 – other emergencies, i.e.: suspicious incident or disturbance;
• 613-236-1222, ext. 7300 – the O.P.S. call centre, to report a theft, missing person or stolen vehicle; and • 311 – for Bylaw Dispatch Services.
All of these numbers along with other useful information can be found in the red pages at the front of your residential directory.
If you have any information regarding any criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-TIPS (8477), or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.
Finally, if you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should call the police, or you cannot remember the non-emergency numbers, call 9-1-1.The caring and professional 9-1-1 Call Takers will steer you in the right direction.