Both detached houses and town-homes have been targeted in the past, according to 11 Division Break and Enter investigators.
Residents of Mississauga should be aware of this activity. If you see someone acting in a suspicious manner on your street, or believe a crime is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Peel Regional Police would like to offer the following safety tips to the public:
• Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to look in on the house daily. Ask that they pick up flyers and mail and invite them to park in your driveway;
• Let other trusted neighbours know your routine and let them know what visitors they can expect to see. Ask them to call police if they see anything or anyone unusual;
• Arrange for snow shovelling of the driveway, walkway, and snow covered vehicles to be cleaned off;
• Make sure your answering machine leaves the impression that you are at home. If you do not have an answering machine, turn down the ring volume of the phone so it cannot be heard outside the house;
• Be aware of who lives in your neighbourhood. If you see someone who does not belong, alert police;
• Disable the garage door opener;
• While away or on vacation, always give your home a lived-in look by using light timers, adjusted for the correct times;
• Use a safety deposit box for valuables.
Police also offer some general crime prevention tips:
• Change your routine, if possible;
• If you have a second vehicle, leave it in the driveway
• Keep valuables out of sight;
• Maintain your property to provide clear sightlines of the front door to the street;
• Mark your valuable property with an identification number;
• Ensure your doors are secure and reinforced.
To find out about crime trends in your area, go to our Crime Mapping feature by following the link at http://www.peelpolicemaps.ca/.
Anonymous tips may be submitted to Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip.