A spike in property crime in Willoughby has prompted the Langley RCMP to ask residents to think about security issues.
Cpl. Holly Largy, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP, suggested a number of measures to prevent thefts.
• Using more outdoor lights. Thieves will often avoid well-lit areas, and lighting can help video surveillance equipment capture better images. Locals and neighbours can spot suspicious activity more easily, Largy said.
• Protect your vehicle. Take everything out of the car at the end of the day. In particular, take any garage door openers inside, Largy said, as they allow access to more than just the loose change in the vehicle. Keep the car locked and windows up at all times.
• Close garage bay doors. When working in the yard, it is too simple for someone to wander up while the resident is out back and out of sight of the garage and its contents.
• Watch out for your neighbours. Joining Blockwatch, or just keeping an eye on your neighbour’s property and reporting suspicious activity can help police. Warning neighbours if they have left a garage door open can help.