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Don’t let greedy Grinches steal your Christmas spirit

The holiday season is a time of giving for most, but for some, it’s an opportunity for stealing, according to the Kamloops RCMP
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City of Kamloops-RCMP crime prevention co-ordinator Sandro Piroddi places a friendly reminder about crime prevention on the windshield of a vehicle in the parking lot of Aberdeen Mall.

The City of Kamloops’ crime prevention team is roaming parking lots for possible criminal activity this holiday shopping season to remind people to how to avoid having their presents pilfered.

The holiday season is a time of giving for most, but for some, it’s an opportunity for stealing, according to the Kamloops RCMP.

As shoppers load their vehicles with Christmas gifts, community services support liaison Sandro Piroddi said people should pay close attention to their surroundings when placing their purchases in their vehicles.

Throughout the month of December, Piroddi and the crime prevention team will be visiting parking lots throughout the city, creating a presence to help deter thieves while also placing tip cards on windshields.

“Make sure you are not being observed and if you have to place purchases in your vehicle in between stops, be sure to hide them out of sight,” Piroddi said.

Here are tips featured on the cards:

• Don’t think, “It won’t happen to me.”

• Don’t leave any of your holiday shopping in plain view. Secure it in the trunk or cover it.

• Don’t leave your items unattended for long periods of time. Where possible, take things home between trips.

• Do park in well-lit areas, close to buildings with heavy foot traffic.

• Do pay attention to your surroundings when you are placing items in your vehicle, making sure you are not being watched.

• Do use a steering wheel lock.

• Do install an immobilizer or an alarm system.

For more information on how to join the community safety team, call 250-828-3818.