Recently, the Town of Hampstead and its surrounding areas have experienced an increase in attempted thefts: home and vehicle break-ins. The Town’s Public Security is actively monitoring the situation in Hampstead and collaborating with the Service de Police de Montréal (SPVM) to keep residents and their properties safe.
We ask Hampstead residents to report any suspicious activity to Public Security dispatch at 514-369-8250, which is available 24/7. The SPVM will also continue to investigate the situation.
Records show that these thefts have a pattern of frequent repetition over a short period of time. Therefore, the Town urges all residents to be extra vigilant and to adopt precautions such as:
Always lock your doors and windows; when inside your home, when you leave briefly, or when you are outside on your property.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE UNLOCKED AND UNATTENDED.
Always LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS.
Always CLOSE AND LOCK YOUR GARAGE DOORS.
Light your house in the evenings and at night.
Activate your home camera and alarm system.
If possible, purchase a doorbell with a camera or install a camera at the entrance of your home.
If you live in an apartment or condo building, close the door behind you when entering or exiting the building. Report any security concerns, such as dim lighting around entrances or points of easy access, to your property manager.
If available, use a timer for interior lights.
Do not announce your vacation or trips on social media.
Use the citizen portal to plan a home surveillance by Public Security.
Arrange for house checks by relatives or friends.
Arrange for mail holding or forwarding.
Keep your valuables in a safe or lockbox when you go out.
Do not keep large amounts of cash or valuables in the master bedroom; that is where the criminal will go look first.
Change passcodes on electronic locks and garage doors from time to time.
Keep your valuable items out of sight, ex. Expensive bicycles in an open garage.
Install motion sensor lights, deadbolt locks and upgrade patio/sliding glass door locks.
Trim shrubs and bushes to eliminate hiding spots, and never hide keys outside, as under a flowerpot.
Always change the locks when you move into a new home, condo, or apartment or if your keys are lost or stolen.
An updated INVENTORY List of your valuables and belongings (with photos) would help the SPVM identify any recovered items. It will facilitate the insurance claim process for quicker results.
If you come home and notice your dwelling has been broken into or sense suspicious activity on your property, don’t go in.
Call Hampstead Public Security and the SPVM and wait for the authorities to arrive.
Your safety is our priority, and all our efforts are being put towards counteracting these crimes,