Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility

Crime prevention is the responsibility of everyone. Incorporating simple but effective tips will not only reduce the risk of being a victim of crime but also make a home and community safer.

Nanaimo RCMP released its top 10 crime prevention tips.

* Report suspicious activity to the police. The police need your help in solving crime.

* Be aware of your surroundings and always be alert. Many crimes could easily be averted if people recognized the early warning signs.

* Target harden your home. Look at it as if you were a criminal. Remove and eliminate opportunities to break in.

* Keep your property clean. It shows ownership and criminals will shy away from it.

* Have a monitored alarm installed.

* Lock your doors. Fifty percent of all car break-ins and the majority of home break-ins are through unlocked doors and windows.

* Keep valuables in your car out of sight. The old adage, out of sight out of mind, applies here.

* Carry only what you need in your purse and wallet.

* Get to know your neighbours. Join or start a Block Watch. Go to to learn more.

* Do not provide any personal information to anyone who contacts you by phone or e-mail.

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