Those who can keep a step ahead of thieves will have a chance to win a Woodgrove Centre gift card.
The shopping centre and Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers are hosting an auto crime and pedestrian safety awareness event Saturday, Feb. 8, at Woodgrove Centre’s centre court where Nanaimo Community Policing volunteers will challenge people’s ability to spot things that might catch a thief’s eye in Nanaimo RCMP’s Community Policing van.
The activity, called Spot the Target, has a number of clues to targets thieves might key on when they decide to break into vehicles. When the clues are spotted the player reports them on a special notepad page, which gets entered into a contest to win Woodgrove gift cards.
Volunteers will also be handing out bright yellow anti-theft stickers that can be placed in vehicle windows, just above car door handles that bear the inscription ‘all valuables removed’ to tell thieves there’s nothing worth breaking into the vehicle for.
ICBC will hand out plastic zipper pulls and reflective armbands from Telus for pedestrians to wear in dark weather.
Volunteers will also have Project 529 Garage information on hand for cyclists to take home and register their bicycles. with the anti-theft bike registry program and BCAA has also provided ‘Slow down, kids playing’ road signs.
“You can put them on your lawn, so we’re going to have those to hand out too for people who want to put them up to slow cars down,” said Dave Cusson, Nanaimo Community Policing coordinator.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.