Safety Tips

The Vancouver Police Department has some helpful crime prevention tips to consider:

Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, better yet never leave valuables in your vehicle at all! If you must store valuables in a vehicle place them in the trunk or hidden storage area prior to arriving at your destination. Thieves often watch drivers in parking lots to see where they store a valuable, wait for the vehicle to be unattended and break the window and steal the valuables. “Hiding” items under the seat does not work, it’s the first place a thief will look.

When shopping, don’t get overloaded with too many packages. Keep at least one hand free so you can easily keep track of how many packages you may have and so that you can easily access your car keys to enter your vehicle without delay.

Stay alert in public spaces. Know where your purse, packages, wallet, cell phone and other valuables are at all times and never leave valuables unattended. Take note of anyone that may be following you and don’t hesitate to contact a store employee or security personnel if someone is acting suspicious.

Check mail daily and make sure all packages left at the doorstep are retrieved immediately, or arrange to pick up packages if possible if you will be gone during times when they are likely to be   delivered. Work with your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or people who may be in the area to steal mail or packages. Report all suspicious activity and get license numbers and descriptions of individuals.

During cold weather months please do not leave your vehicle unattended while warming it up. Thieves look for exhaust in the cold morning air and take the opportunity that presents itself.