RCMP offer tips on how to protect your property and presents this holiday season. (File photo)

RCMP offer tips on how to protect your property and presents this holiday season. (File photo)

Chilliwack RCMP warn, ‘Don’t let thieves steal Christmas’

Tips from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on protecting your property this holiday season

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As the holiday season approaches, and residents in the Upper Fraser Valley prepare to give at Christmas, the RCMP want to remind folks to protect their property from those with less than festive intentions, as the holiday season presents thieves a greater opportunity to target holiday shoppers as they buy gifts for family and friends.

“Along with our officers patrolling during the season we encourage neighbours to watch out for neighbours and report suspicious activity to police,” said Corporal Mike Rail, spokesperson for the UFVRD.

“Community working together with police is a powerful means to keep our neighbourhoods safe.”

Here are some helpful tips to protect your property from theft during the holidays:

  • Always lock vehicle doors
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view inside of your vehicle
  • Remove valuables and remote garage door openers from your vehicle when parked for the night
  • Light up your home at night

For those planning to travel over the Christmas season:

  • Have someone check your home daily
  • Do not let newspapers and flyers accumulate in front of your home
  • Have the mail picked up daily or have the post office hold your mail

For more tips to protect your property from theft, please visit the RCMP’s website. The RCMP also wants to remind everyone: if you witness anything you believe to be suspicious in nature, contact your local police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).