With the snow melting and warmer weather approaching, the Regina Police Service is encouraging residents to practice proactive crime prevention strategies.
Spring is here and that means more outside activities, including bicycle season. Don’t leave bikes unsecured. Always lock your bike when not in use, even if you’re quickly running into a store or business. Lock your bike on a bike rack or a sturdy metal object that is secured in the ground. Write down the bike’s serial number and keep any documentation and bills of sale. If your bike is stolen, these can help identify it if police recover it. Remind children and/or youth in your household to follow these safety precautions as well.
Ice-free sidewalks may motivate folks to walk or run outside more frequently. Even if your plan is to go for a quick walk around the block, always lock the doors on your home and garage, and close any open windows. It only takes a minute for a thief to grab valuables left inside an unsecured home.
Green-thumbs can rejoice with the thawing of the ground. While gardening or landscaping your yard, remember to close your garage door and lock sheds while not in sight. Need to run inside your home quickly? Think twice about leaving tools or a lawnmower unsecured and unattended.
Every one of us has a role to play in neighbourhood and community safety. Anyone who sees a crime in progress should call 9-1-1. Anyone who sees suspicious behaviour is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).