As winter approaches, Halifax District RCMP is reminding residents to protect their snow removal equipment from would-be thieves.
Criminals look for opportunities to steal snow plows, snow blowers and spreaders, often selling them online.
“There are ways to reduce your chances of theft and increase your chances of getting stolen equipment back,” says Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, Nova Scotia RCMP. “Document it, mark it and secure it.”
- Photograph equipment and record serial numbers.
- Engrave equipment with serial numbers in a discreet location.
- Store equipment in a well-lit, secured and locked location.
- Keep plows attached to trucks.
- Keep keys for vehicles attached to equipment in a separate location.
- Display signs that property is monitored by video surveillance and GPS systems.
- Check on property daily and report theft or suspicious activity immediately.
Anyone with information about thefts is asked to call Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. The public can also get in touch with Crime Stoppers by texting TIP202 and a message to CRIMES (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.
Source: Media Release