Don’t let the Grinch ruin your holiday season

Surrey

2021-12-01 14:32 PST

File # 2021-12-01 - Mistletoe

The holiday season is upon us, as you make your rounds in the retail shops to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, Grinches are also busy trying to find vehicles that have shopping bags to steal.

Surrey RCMP is launching our annual project Mistletoe to hamper the efforts of criminals whose actions are Grinch like. Additional resources are being deployed to areas that have been identified by crime analysts as higher risk for property related offences. Surrey RCMP’s Mobile Street Enforcement Team, Community Response Unit and Traffic Unit are working together to ensure the success of this initiative.

Through a combined effort, Operation Mistletoe aims to prevent personal robberies, thefts, thefts from vehicles, and impaired driving. Some of the strategic measures include increased foot patrols, bike patrol, coupled with covert and overt enforcement.

We encourage you to safeguard your valuables using these tips:

Surrey RCMP Mobile Street Enforcement Team along with the Community Response Unit will be increasing patrols at malls and transit hubs. Their focus will be on detecting and deterring criminals looking to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.

Online shopping and the convenience that comes along with it has increased the number of packages being delivered to homes. During the holiday season people also send gifts to their loved ones by mail. Keep the following tips in mind to help save yourself the heartache of losing your packages and gifts:

For more information on protecting your property, please visit the Protect Yourself section of our website.

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