Halifax Police Offer Safety Tips

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The Halifax Regional Police have shared some simple tips for residents to keep in mind to ensure their safety this summer.

According to the Halifax Regional Police, if you’ll be away from home, it is important to ensure that your family, friend or trusted neighbour is aware and also, entrusted with securing your property.

“Inform a trusted neighbour, friend or family member that you will be away and ask that they keep an eye on your property. It’s also a good idea to leave your vacation destination and contact information so you can be reached in case of an emergency,” said the Police in the report.

It is also necessary to ensure that all your windows and doors are locked before leaving to avoid burglary. The Police also warns against announcing your travelling plans and holiday location on social media, as it might attract the attention of criminals who may take advantage of your absence and burgle your home.

“Don’t announce your travel plans on your social networking sites. Also, sending updates while you’re away, informs everyone that you’re not home. An unoccupied residence is much more vulnerable for break-ins,” warned the Police.

Additionally, it is advised that you try to make your home appear as though it is still occupied while you’re away. For example, you can ask your neighbour to collect your newspaper and use a light timer. This way, your home is unlikely to attract unwanted attention while you’re away.

The Halifax Police also provided safety tips for those on the road or in their vehicles.

“Help protect your property by ensuring your vehicle is locked at all times and never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in plain view,” they advised.

It is important to never leave children or pets unattended in a parked vehicle, even when the windows are rolled down. There is the likelihood for fog or heavy rain to come on suddenly—considering the maritime weather—therefore, always remember to always drive to current conditions.

Additionally, summer is typically the time of the year where cyclists and pedestrians fill the streets, therefore, always stay vigilant while driving.

“Summer brings cyclists and pedestrians to our streets in higher numbers. Always use the 1m clearance rule when passing cyclists, stay mindful of crosswalks and avoid distractions when driving,” noted the Police.

For individuals cycling this summer, ensure to always wear safety gear including a helmet. Not wearing a helmet while cycling is against the law and this legislation extends to those on scooters, skateboards, in-line skaters and roller skates. Wearing a properly designed and well-fitted helmet reduces the risk of injury.

However, in the case where you’re involved in an accident, it is recommended that you contactthe best Halifax personal injury lawyers. For example,Wagners is an established leader in plaintiff personal injury litigation, with services spanning across medical malpractice, institutional, individual, or government negligence, defective products, auto accidents, hospital errors, birth trauma, misdiagnosis, or other related incidents. Asides from providing the required legal support to win the case, their team will ensure that you and your family stay protected—providing the required professional advice, attention and care that every serious accident case requires.    

Furthermore, if you’re planning on going for a hike, ensure to plan ahead, dress appropriately, carry the right equipment (always take your cell phone with you) and never head into the woods or an unknown path alone.

Additionally, for those who plan on exploring the water, it is necessary to stay safe by following the necessary safety precaution including wearing a lifejacket.

“You are required by law to have a lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) on board for each person on a watercraft. Practice safe boating this summer and throughout the year,” said the Police.