Auto Crime Prevention

Tips on Auto Crime Prevention

  • Close windows and lock doors. Take your possessions with you. Leave NOTHING in your vehicle.
  • Invest in a good anti-theft device, particularly a passive immobilizer.
  • Always wait for an automatic gate to close behind you when entering or leaving a controlled parking area.
  • If you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the police immediately.
  • To get more information on Auto Crime prevention please visit the External link, opens in a new windowICBC website.

External link, opens in a new windowCanadian Police Information Centre (CPIC)

The public can use this site to help keep their neighbourhoods safe by checking and reporting suspicious vehicles. You will use the Search button to enter the Stolen Vehicle & Bicycle page. Enter licence plates, vehicle identification numbers (VIN numbers), or serial numbers to verify for stolen vehicles or bicycles.

This site allows you to search the entire national database of over 185,000 stolen vehicles and 485,000 articles.

The vehicle records in the CPIC database are updated every day and the property files are updated every Tuesday morning. Even if you get a positive response to your search, it does not mean the item is stolen. The items status should be confirmed with your local police detachment.

Home Security

The following is a list of some home security tips

  • Don’t be complacent about your home security – it may need updating. Residents of Williams Lake may have a free home security check.  To book an Inspection contact the Safer Community Coordinator at 250 392-8701
  • Doors must be at least 1 ¾ inches thick and solid core – wood or metal. Avoid paneled doors – too thin, easily broken – glass in doors should be unbreakable
    Use 3 screws for hinges, striker plates.
  • Use a good quality brand name dead bolt with at least 1 inch throw which extends well into the striker plate.
  • Install anti-lift devices and good auxiliary lock, dowel or bar on sliding glass doors and windows.
  • Install an oversize door viewer. NEVER OPEN YOUR DOOR to a stranger.
  • Consider a monitored Alarm system or an intercom to hear callers at your door without opening it.
  • Report suspicious persons or vehicles immediately to the police.
  • Get to know your neighbors – External link, opens in a new windowJOIN BLOCK WATCH
  • Identifying and Reporting a suspected drug house or Grow Operation
    The police bust an average of 3-4 grow-ops a week in neighbourhoods across British Columbia.

Tips on spotting a grow-op in your neighbourhood

Photo of a bud part of a marihuana plant

  • The house has a not lived in feel. 
  • There is unusual visitor behaviour.
  • The windows are covered with plastic, heavy curtains or blinds that are tightly shut and pressed against the windows.
  • There are funny smells such as: skunk like odours with a sweet vegetative smell or rotting cabbage. The odour of mothballs or fabric softener is frequently utilized to try to mask the smell of the operation.
  • The sounds of humming fans may be heard because the air inside the growing rooms needs to be vented outside.
  • Neighbourhood residences experience unexplained power surges or power browning (decrease of power which dims lights & slows down appliance use) with the return of normal power flow.
  • There may be a Beware of Dog or Guard Dog on Duty signs posted which are used to deter trespassing, protect against theft and detection by police.
  • The history of the premises is important. The residence and/or commercial premises may have been used as marijuana grow operation in the past.

Identity Theft is a major growing concern in every community

In the majority of cases, you will find out that your identity is being stolen when you

  • Receive a telephone call from a bank, credit union, or other business inquiring about your recent credit application, fraudulent cheques, or account transactions.
  • Are notified that your mortgage or loan application has been turned down due to your recent poor credit history.
  • Receive a telephone call from your Credit Card company about unusual activity on your card, or to notify you that you are over limit.
  • Are contacted by a collections department or store asking why your account/cheque is delinquent or NSF.
  • When you haven’t received any scheduled mail (e.g. bank statements, letters, etc) from your financial institution.

What can you do?

  • Invest in a shredder to render all financial and personal documents unreadable, including unwanted credit application forms.
  • Monitor your incoming mail. If a regularly scheduled bank or credit card statement is overdue, contact the sender. Be vigilant and watch for suspicious activity in relation to mail boxes. If you see something suspicious, contact your local police.
  • Work with Canada Post and/or your Complex Strata or manager to be certain that your community or complex mailboxes are secure with an up-to-date, secure locking mechanism.
  • If you have a controlled entrance, use a timer on your entry intercom to allow Postal worker access only at their scheduled times.
  • Ask your bank to hold your replacement cheques at your branch for pick up and investigate paying your bills by Internet or at your Bank rather than by mail.
  • Have all payments credited directly to your Bank account when possible.
  • Do not drop off mail at a street letter box if the mail has already been picked up for the day; use the drop box inside your Postal Agency. Mail sitting in a letter box overnight may be easy prey for mail thieves.
  • Ask your credit card company to send your replacement cards for pick up at your bank. If you must receive a replacement credit card in the mail, anticipate when you will receive it. If it is late, contact the sender to verify if and when it has been sent. If you believe it has been stolen, contact your credit card company immediately.
  • Order a copy of your credit history semi-annually from External link, opens in a new windowEquifax Canada Inc (1-800-465-7166) or Trans Union of Canada (1-800-663-9980). The report is free of charge but you will need to provide photo ID before information will be released to you.
  • If you believe that you are the victim of identity theft, contact Equifax Canada Inc or Trans Union and ask that a fraud alert be placed on your credit file so that a mail thief will not be able to obtain credit in your name.

To get more information on Identity Theft prevention, please visit the following websites

If your mail has been stolen or your mailbox has been tampered with – please notify the Williams Lake RCMP, obtain a file number; and contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.

Internet Safety

While there are lots of benefits of children using the internet at home and school there are potential dangers for children using the internet supervised.

The following are some tips for parents to help keep their children safe on the Internet

1. Parents must take responsibility for their children's online computer use

2. Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer on-line use by your children, such as:

  • Amount of time spent on-line.
  • Children should tell parents or guardian when they feel uncomfortable, scared, or confused.
  • Never give out personal information such as name, home address, phone number, age, race, family income, school name or location, or friends' names.
  • Agree on reasonable consequences if rules/guidelines are broken.
  • Keep computer in the open, well-used area of the house. E.g. Living or Family room.

3. Choose products with parental controls.

4. Re-enforce the smart rules with your children.

  • Never give out personal information
  • Meeting up someone you met on cyberspace can be dangerous.
  • Do not do anything without your parents permission
  • Never click on unknown or suspicious hyperlinks.
  • Accepting emails or files from someone you know can be dangerous.
  • Anyone can put anything on the internet and they can lie and not be who they are in  chat rooms.
  • Tell your parent, teacher or counsellor if something makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never accept files, or send them to people that you don’t know.

To get more information on Internet safety, please visit the following websites

Personal Safety

  • Keep your head up and know your surroundings including people in the area, business and sources of assistance.
  • Be prepared for anything that may put you at risk.
  • Plan your route to avoid isolated areas.
  • If you believe you are being followed, cross the street, go to the nearest group of people, business and call the Police.
  • Don’t overburden yourself with heavy parcels or a bulky purse.
  • Use a money belt or pouch to conceal money and important documents.
  • Don’t display cash in public.
  • Walk near a curb and away from alleys and doorways.
  • While jogging or cycling go with a friend and avoid isolated areas.
  • Always carry personal identification, medical and emergency contact information with you.
  • Vary your route; don’t be predictable.
  • Wear reflective gear if you’re out at night.
  • When travelling late at night on transit, the driver may be able to let you off closer to your destination. Ask if this service is available.

To get more information on personal safety please feel free to visit the following websites

Safety for Children/Teens

Bicycle Safety

  • Children should wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bike.
  • No riding a bike on busy streets or at night.
  • Ride your bike on the right side of the road with traffic.
  • Stop for all stop signs.
  • Scan left, then right for traffic.
  • If there's no traffic, proceed into the roadway.
  • Personal Safety for Children

Following are some tips for parents to pass on to their children:

  • Never Talk to Strangers.
  • Stay where you are in case you are lost or in danger. Try to attract attention and wait for a rescuer.
  • Memorize your name, address and phone number in case you become separated from your family.
  • If the bus stop is a long way from home, plan and discuss with your children where they can go in an emergency.
  • If it is dark on the way to or from the bus make sure to wear some reflective gear.
  • Make sure children are well supervised by adults at all times.
  • Ensure your children inform you or their caregiver as to where they are going and if there any changes in their plans.
  • Make sure children know what to do if they miss the bus. Come back home; or if at school, report to a teacher - and never accept a ride from a stranger.

To download colouring sheets for your children, please click here to go to the Kid's Zone.

For more information on children safety please visit the following websites:

Seniors Safety

Tips to Protect your Money

  1. Always protect your credit cards and PINs and all financial information. Shred bank statements cancelled cheques, credit card statements and unwanted credit card applications and solicitations in a cross-cut shredder.
  2. Direct Deposit – Have your regular cheques sent to your bank via direct deposit. 
  3. Credit Cards – Immediately sign the reverse edge of a credit card when received. Destroy the old cards by cutting them into little pieces.
  4. Bank/Debit/Interact Cards – When making purchases, a debit card replaces the need for carrying cash. Ask at your bank for more information.
  5. Travellers Cheques – When travelling, use traveller’s cheques instead of carrying cash. Traveller’s cheques can be replaced if lost or stolen. 
  6. Automated Teller – When using Automated Teller machines (ATM) be aware of who is around you. Do not make it obvious you are taking out cash.
  7. Safety Deposit box – A Safety Deposit box is secure place to keep valuables such as jewellery, stocks, bonds, copies of important papers, keepsakes and wills.

Elder Abuse

Some family members, caregivers, friends or landlords victimize seniors. Abuse can be physical, financial or psychological. If this is happening to you or anyone you know – SPEAK UP!

For more information contact the Executive Director of the Williams Lake Women's contact society at 250-392-4118 or External link, opens in a new windowSenior's Canada



When to Call Police 911

The 911 emergency number often becomes a person's lifeline for urgent assistance and should be used to stop a crime that's in progress or about to occur or any situation where serious injury can or has occurred. We don't encourage use of 911 for suspicious activity. 911 should also be used in situations where fire fighting apparatus or an ambulance is required.

When calling 911 do the following

  • STAY CLAM – Let the Police Operator control the conversation.
  • GIVE ALL THE INFORMATION REQUESTED even if you are repeating it.
  • 250 392-6211 (RCMP Non-Emergency) The 911 service should not be used to report an incident after the fact. Instead, regular police phone lines should be used. Returning home to find that your residence has been broken into or noticing in the morning that your car has been stolen are very traumatic incidents and we understand the various emotions you may be experiencing. We can appreciate the urgency of your situation but from a reporting standpoint these types of incidents should be called in on a regular complaint line. Parking, traffic, public utility and noise complaints should all be reported on regular police lines as well. 911 should never be used for road conditions, directions, time checks or as a source of information for telephone numbers.
  • EXPLAIN IF YOU ARE CALLING FOR RECORD PURPOSES ONLY and don’t require Police to attend.
  • All information received is confidential. If a serious crime has been committed, it is important to have witnesses to give evidence. Good witnesses enable the police to identify the suspect, make an arrest and a conviction.

Reporting Noise Complaints

If you call the Police, try to give an actual address of the disturbance. If it’s not available, try for the most accurate geographical description. Please give you personal information and ask for and keep track of the file number. If police get repeated calls regarding an address police may be able to take these to the City/Municipality for action under a By-Law.