Ottawa Police Service shares tips to protect belongings in your home and bikes – Stittsville Central

As the weather warms up, we all look forward to enjoying the fresh air, whether it’s in the garden, on a bike ride, or just running errands.

“In the spring and summer, we tend to go in and out of the house a lot, have our windows open and spend time in our backyards,” says Sergeant James Ritchie of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Break and Enter Section. “That usually means doors are left unlocked and windows are open, making you a target of opportunity for would-be burglars.”

The Break and Enter section would like to remind the community of some security practices to reduce the risk of theft:

  • Keep your doors locked, even when you’re home, to prevent undetected entry while you’re inside or out on the patio.
  • Make sure ground floor windows are closed and locked before you leave the house or go to sleep at night.
  • Purses, purses, and vehicle keys should be stored away from entry doors and windows.
  • Keep locked vehicles and garage door openers out of sight.
  • Install outdoor lighting with motion detector.
  • Keep garages and sheds closed when not in use.
  • Jewelry, passports, and other valuables should be kept in a safe or a safe.
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious people in your neighborhood and report it to the police immediately.

“Don’t wait to call the police, even if you think it’s something minor,” says Sergeant Ritchie. “One of our police communicators can assess and determine how to respond. Your call could prevent someone else from becoming a victim.”

If you’re leaving, don’t advertise anyone’s house, Sergeant Ritchie advises. “Don’t advertise your vacation plans on social media and put off posting photos until you’re back home.”

He also suggests mowing the lawn, putting lights on timers, and suspending mail and newspaper delivery. “Keep a car in the driveway. If it’s not yours, have a neighbor park there while you’re away. It’s a great deterrent.”

Besides, Police often see an increase in bike thefts this time of year, particularly in residential condominiums and apartment buildings. PAHO encourages bicycle owners to use these tips to keep your bike safe:

  • If you live in a residential building, do not let strangers in. Tenants will have a key or key fob for their own use. Beware of people on foot or on bicycles following your vehicle through the garage door. Many thieves will follow a tenant or pose as one.
  • Please use any secure bike storage provided by the building and keep your bike locked while inside.
  • Store your bike inside your residential unit if your building allows it.
  • Invest in a good quality lock. OPS encourages bike owners to talk to their local bike dealer for advice on the lock that best suits their needs and the quality of their bike.
  • Lock your frame, not just your wheel.
  • Record the make, model and serial number of your bike. Keep this information in a safe place, along with a photo of your bike.
  • Register your bike on bike registration apps like 529 garage to allow you to alert other cyclists in the Ottawa area if your bike is lost or stolen. OPS offices also access this application to verify recovered bicycles and return them to their owners.
  • Report suspicious persons to security or the police immediately. Remember that it only takes a few seconds for a thief to steal your bike. Try to take note of the clothing and a physical description of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding any home invasion is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Search and Entry Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533.

Submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or visiting


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