With the holiday season upon us, the Saskatoon Police Service will be ramping up enforcement efforts with a Christmas Beat Blitz, beginning tomorrow. Through the month of December, you may notice an increased Police presence in the Downtown and Riversdale business improvement districts. Officers walking the beat will be focusing on promoting a positive and safe atmosphere for shoppers and business owners, while enhancing relationships between our Service and the community. Part of this focus will include the enforcement of federal, provincial and civic laws/bylaws.
Safety isn’t always top of mind for some during the season, but crimes of opportunity are for thieves. We want you to be aware of the risks that can come with the hustle and bustle of this busy time.
IN-PERSON SHOPPING: Protect your pin upon purchase. When those purchases are placed in a vehicle, take them to a secure location. When items are left unattended in a vehicle (possibly in plain view), this presents a crime of opportunity for thieves. And, even if you’re just running into the store for a minute, don’t leave the keys/fob in your ignition or your vehicle. It only takes a matter of seconds for a vehicle to be stolen this way.
ONLINE SHOPPING: Remember to always use a trusted website. Check that the URL is secure and search for the site yourself, as opposed to clicking through numerous links on social media or ads to make your purchase. Remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is. When choosing a delivery method for your online purchase, choose an option that ensures you will be home to receive the package, leave specialized instructions upon delivery or have it delivered to a secure location for pick-up.
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS…OR NOT: With travel not recommended, many of us will be home for the holidays. But on the off-chance you are leaving the house, don’t include that in your social media status. Instead, leave a light on and have a neighbour check on your home often so it doesn’t seem vacant. Remember to secure your home, whether you’re there or not. Keep doors and window locked – that means garages and sheds, too. If possible, arm your home with a security system.
Although the Christmas spirit is a nice change from COVID talk, remember that we are still living in a pandemic. Masks are required in all indoor, public spaces and gatherings are limited. Please ensure you are following all current Public Health orders at the time.