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Woodstock Police Service - Media Release - Summer Crime Prevention & Safety Tips

Prepared by: SPC JACKSON 

Contact: SPC JACKSON 

Summer Crime Prevention and Safety Tips

It’s the last day of school and the following crime prevention and safety tips are recommended by the Woodstock Police Service for keeping property, children and the community safe this summer:

Bike Theft Prevention

  • Most bikes are stolen while left unlocked. If you’re not riding it, LOCK IT UP!
  • Register your bikes with the Woodstock Police Bike Registry on our website.

Bike/Scooter/Skateboard Safety Tips

  • Obey the rules of the road.
  • Always wear a proper fitting helmet, footwear and other safety equipment
  • Use hand signals to tell other road users what you are going to do.  
  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing while riding.
  • Always ride your bike with traffic – never against it.
  • Parents - be aware of where your children are going and the route they are taking.

Vacation Watch

  • Let your neighbours know if you are leaving town for vacation.
  • Have someone collect your mail and newspapers.
  • Leave a lamp on a timer.
  • Always lock your home, garage or office.
  • Don’t post about your vacation on social media.

Pedestrian Safety: It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on our roads.

  • Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights – NOT in the middle of the block or between parked cars.
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step onto the road.
  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, especially at dusk or when it's dark.
  • At a traffic light:
    • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop.
    • Begin to cross at the start of the green light or “Walk” signal, where provided.
    • Do not start to cross if you see a flashing “Do Not Walk” symbol or the light turns yellow.  If you already started to cross, complete your crossing safety.
    • Never cross on a red light.
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into and leaving driveways.

Driving Safety: Pay special attention to pedestrians as you drive.

  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
  • Watch for children. Drive slowly and cautiously through school zones, residential areas, parks or any other area where children could be walking or playing.
  • Watch out for Community Safety Zone signs that indicate areas where public safety is a special concern, including the possibility of encountering pedestrians.
  • Be patient, especially with seniors or pedestrians with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
  • Drive carefully near buses or zones for passengers getting on and off.
  • Always ensure all children are secured properly in their seat with a seatbelt.
  • Do not drive with more passengers than a vehicle is designed for, even if they “fit”.

Hot Cars

  • Never leave children or pets in the car unattended, even for short periods of time or with windows open.
  • Make sure young children’s car seats are not hot before securing them in. Infants can suffer from burns easier than adults.

 

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