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Heading out of town? Some tips from the police

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Coquitlam RCMP has some tips for anyone heading out of town this summer

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – The Canada Day long weekend usually marks the start of vacation for many, whether it’s a camping trip or even a journey overseas.

Coquitlam RCMP has some tips for anyone heading out of town.

“As the summer vacation season hits, we’re all excited to go away. But when you do leave your home, remember that other people are going to be watching for whether you’re there,” says Corporal Michael McLaughlin.

“Lock up carefully, don’t hide your keys in obvious places, and make your place look somewhat lived-in. Have a neighbor collect your mail, keep your lawn mowed or tidy, and if you can, leave a car in the driveway.”

McLaughlin also wants to remind people that if you do head out on the road, you shouldn’t leave your valuables in your car.

“Whenever we go out in our cars we tend to look at them as an extension of our own home, and we feel comfortable leaving valuable property in there,” he says.

“Don’t do it. Don’t leave valuables in the trunk, don’t hide them in the glove compartment, that’s where thieves are looking. Bring all of that stuff with you and you’ll avoid losing something that’s important to you.”

That advice can come in handy for even a simple day trip to the beach or even if you’re heading into the back-country for a hike.