Oakville residents need to keep an eye on belongings during holiday shopping

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Published December 2, 2021 at 4:05 pm

‘Tis the season of giving, but Halton Regional Police are reminding Oakville residents to keep a close eye on your belongings during this holidays.

Halton police officer and auxiliary members have been at local retailers across town spreading the message to hold on to that purse and be mindful of your surroundings when out shopping this holiday season.

Here are some helpful tips on how to protect your purse and belongings when heading out shopping:

  • Leave your SIN Card, passport and birth certificate at home
  • Keep your handbag with you at all times
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended
  • Keep purse zippers or snaps closed
  • Be extra vigilant in crowded locations
  • Keep your wallet at the bottom of your bag
  • Never write down PIN codes or passwords and keep them in your purse or wallet
  • Have a different PIN for each credit/debit card
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money
  • Bring only what you need. Don’t carry extra cards or cash with you
  • Don’t get distracted. Thieves work in teams to distract you so they can steal your purse or wallet
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Report any suspicious activity to police

To report a theft, call 9-1-1. To report a stolen purse or wallet, contact the Halton Regional Police Service at 905-825-4747.

You can also file an online report at www.haltonpolice.ca. Remember to inform your bank and credit card company of all lost or stolen cards and if your cellphone is stolen, contact your service provider.

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