Thefts from parkades are an ongoing issue but extra care should be taken over these next couple of months because...
The holiday season is finally here!
Bring on the hot chocolate, turkey dinners, and excitement of Christmas! Part of the Christmas experience in Canada is buying gifts from crowded malls... and in the madness of crowds, there is an increased opportunity to become a victim of crime!
Please take the necessary precautions to keep your family safe from theft and crime over the holiday season.
Parkades are a great target for criminals to capitalize on unsuspecting shoppers. So don't let the festivities side track you from keeping your valuables safe. Probably best to avoid leaving your car looking like this in a dark parkade...
Simple Crime Prevention
Consider your personal safety, whether you're parking at the mall, for work or parking to run errands make sure you take the necessary safety precautions:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Lock your vehicle
- Remove any personal/valuable items from your vehicles
- Put gifts and shopping bags into the trunk or concealed within the vehicle
- Never leave a spare key in your vehicle
Ever wonder what theives target when breaking into vehicles? Here is a list of the top 10 items stolen from vehicles.
What happens if you do everything right and your car still gets broken into?
Lets work through a scenario where your car is broken into. Basic information about insurance claims.
A lot of times thieves will cause physical damage to your vehicle while breaking in by prying open doors or breaking windows. These damages would be insured through your auto insurance policy and you would make a claim under your auto insurance less any deductible.
Knowing your deductible is the key. Sometimes the cost of replacing a broken window or physical damage to your vehicle is less than your deductible making it better off for you to just replace the window or fix the damage. However if the damage to the vehicle is extensive; maybe the thieves actually tried to steal the vehicle unsuccessfully and damaged the steering column, and the damage to the vehicle is greater than your deductible, you will want to file an insurance claim.
Now, given the same scenario, lets say that the thieves broke in to your vehicle and stole items that were not permanently attached to the vehicle, this would be covered under your home or tenants insurance.
As every potential claim situation is different, it is important to have a good insurance broker on your side!
So what should you do if you see suspicious activity? Report it. Don't question it. Report it.
By reporting any crime or disorder, regardless of its severity, it allows the Police Service to address crimes or hotspots. It only takes a few minutes and can be reported directly to your local station or if you are in Edmonton you can call the police dispatch line at 780-423-4567.
A lot of people question whether they should contact the police about "something that may be nothing" according to the Edmonton Police website...
"The importance of reporting crime and disorder, regardless of severity, is absolutely vital for the Edmonton Police Service and your community."
Chances are that by being aware of your surroundings you will pick up on any potential threats or manage the situation better, possibly avoiding it all together. So the most important thing to remember this holiday season is to stay alert.
“Your best weapon is your brain. Use common sense, imagination and good judgement” Edmonton Police
Have a safe and happy holiday season!