With winter just around the corner, police are reminding people to protect their snow removal equipment from would-be thieves.
Every year police receive complaints from home and business owners who have been targeted by thieves. Snow blowers left in the yard, or in an unlocked shed, become an easy target. Companies that utilize or sell snow removal equipment are also victimized by criminals looking for opportunities to steal snow plows, snow blowers and salt spreaders.
"There are ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft," says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Halifax District RCMP. "Photograph it, mark it and secure your snow removal equipment."
-Engrave equipment with serial numbers in a discreet location.
-Photograph equipment and record serial numbers.
-Store equipment in a well-lit, secured and locked location.
-Keep plows attached to trucks.
-Take the keys with you when you are out of the truck.
-Keep keys for vehicles attached to equipment in a separate location.
-Display signs that indicate your property is monitored by video surveillance and GPS systems.
-Check on property daily and report theft or suspicious activity immediately.