The HV-GB RCMP and the HV-GB Crime Prevention Committee will be partnering for an initiative that the Crime Prevention Committee has named, "Project Parking Lot.”
Project Parking Lot — which will take place on Friday, Dec. 13th — will involve members of the local Crime Prevention Committee braving the cold, putting on reflective vests and partnering with RCMP officers and driving to parking lots in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to check to see if people are putting themselves at risk for thefts.
Members will be doing a quick check, first to see if vehicles are locked; looking from the outside-in to see if valuables are left in plain sight inside; and also checking to see if keys are left in the ignition or in view.
Once a vehicle is checked a brochure will be left on their windshield. All checks will be done from the outside of the vehicle.
Unfortunately some car owners don't realize that they are providing an opportunity for theft, and during this time of year, people are usually busy shopping. Combined with the cold temperatures, people often forget the basic safeguards for their car that would prevent such thefts.
"Project Parking Lot" came after discussions with other committees throughout the province, such as the Deer Lake Crime Prevention Committee, who were doing similar projects.
The RCMP and Crime Prevention Committee are hoping to find that most people take the basic precautions to prevent themselves from such thefts. Those that do — and can provide registration and insurance —will get a small Christmas treat from the HV-GB Crime Prevention Committee.