Porch Pirates

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, keep in mind that thieves see unattended packages as a crime of opportunity and unfortunately take advantage of the fact that your deliveries are left outside.

Here are some tips to protect your packages from porch pirates:

  • Request a signature on delivery
  • Track your deliveries online so you know when they’ll be delivered and plan to be home upon delivery
  • Install security cameras, motion lights, doorbell camera and signage warning that surveillance is in effect
  • Ship the package to a trusted neighbour or relative who will be home
  • Have the packages delivered to your work – if allowed by your employer
  • Use your post office as a pickup location
  • If possible, take advantage of the “ship to store” option that many stores offer
  • Request the package be left out of sight at a rear or side door
  • Never leave your parcels outside overnight
  • Report suspicious activities or individuals in your neighbourhood to Police

If you ordered an item and realize that it was delivered but is missing, contact the delivery agency and then contact the seller of the item. Most stores and businesses can replace the lost/stolen item(s) through insurance. You are also encouraged to report the theft to police by submitting an online report.

Theft from Vehicles

Approximately 90% of thefts from vehicles that occur in the City of Greater Sudbury require no forced entry. Theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity. Thieves will target vehicles that are left unlocked.

  • Always keep your vehicle locked
  • Remove all valuables from sight (this includes anything from cell phones, purses and lap tops, to shopping bags, groceries and loose change. You never know what item could attract a thief.
  • If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, lock them in the trunk.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Consider installing an anti-theft device and a locking gas cap.
  • Keep garage locked with locked vehicle inside.

Theft of Catalytic Converters

From June 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, we received 52 reports of Thefts of catalytic converters. This is a substantial increase in comparison to the 12 reports of Thefts of catalytic converters reported in the same time period in 2019.
Crime Prevention is a shared commitment and as these incidents are happening more frequently we are urging business owners to ensure that safety measures are in place to help safeguard businesses including additional lighting, security systems, video surveillance equipment and if possible physical presence or patrols after hours.
 Consider these tips to help protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft:
• Park in well-lit, highly visible areas, preferably near security cameras.
• If you have a garage, use it. Make sure it is shut and locked.
• Park high-riding vehicles (i.e., trucks and SUVs) between low-profile cars and curbs. Doing so will make it difficult to access the catalytic converter on the taller vehicle.
• Consider welding the catalytic converter to your vehicle's frame.
• Engrave your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the catalytic converter (may help alert a scrap dealer that it was stolen and make it easier to identify the owner).
• Calibrate your car's alarm to set off when it detects vibration.
• Install a surveillance system on your property and ensure it is operating properly.
If you see anyone in your neighbourhood who is engaging in suspicious or criminal activity, do not hesitate to call the Greater Sudbury Police Service 705-675-9171. In the case of an emergency or crime in progress, call 911.

Theft from Sheds and Garages

Here are some tips to help you to secure your valuables:

1. Keep things out of sight - Remember to always bring items inside your garage, shed, or home where they can be locked in a secure place. Items such as bicycles, lawn mowers, snow blowers and power tools are hot items for thieves.

2. Secure your home and surroundings – Make sure your windows, doors, sheds, and garages are locked and secure. Cut trees and bushes to allow neighbours a clear view of your property. Have a well-lit exterior, security lighting, or sensor lights to help promote visibility of both the front and back of your property.

3. Itemize your personal property - Record the make, model, and serial number of your property as this assists both Police and insurance companies in the case where something is stolen.

It is common when investigating these types of crimes for Police Officers to be told later by a resident that they saw someone at a neighbouring property. This situation is potentially a crime in progress and should be called into Police immediately. Providing the best description of the suspicious person could lead to an apprehension. Your keen observations can reduce crime in your neighbourhood.

If you see anyone in your neighbourhood who is engaging in suspicious or criminal activity, do not hesitate to call the Greater Sudbury Police Service 705-675-9171.

In the case of an EMERGENCY, including a crime in progress, call 911.

Crime Prevention: Help Us Help You

Bicycle Theft

Bicycle theft is often a crime of opportunity. During the summer months, there is always a slight increase in these types of crimes given the nicer riding weather and increased pedestrian traffic in residential neighbourhoods.
 Theft Prevention Tips for Cyclists:
  • Write down your serial number (usually on the underside of the bottom bracket).
  • Keep a photo of your bicycle and detailed description of it (make/model, size, colour, distinctive features).
  • Keep the original sales receipt (know the date and place of purchase, and the value of the bicycle).
  • If you’re thinking about cycling to work, school or a transit, try to research and visit the amenities first.
  • Always use a U-lock. Never use only a cable lock. Ideally, use both. U-locks provide a greater deterrence to theft when compared with cable locks. Utilizing two different locks provides an added level of security (i.e. U-lock for the front wheel and frame and a heavy duty cable lock for the rear wheel and frame).
  • Lock your wheels and frame together.
  • Use a bike rack (sign poles, trees, fences are not as secure). Ensure the bike rack is securely fastened to the ground or wall. If possible, select a bike rack with at least two points of contact that allow the frame and wheels to both be locked. Avoid wheel bender racks and other racks that make locking the frame to the rack impossible. Visible racks in busy areas further deter bike theft.
  • Avoid parking your bike on the sidewalk or street overnight.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area.
  • Take lights and other easily removable items with you.
 What to do if your bicycle is stolen:
  • Report it to Police online.
  • Capture the date, time and photos/video surveillance footage.
  • Make sure it wasn’t locked to private property and removed by the property owner or manager, or if temporarily abandoned on the street, it may have been collected by the City by calling 311.
  • Inform your insurance company (if applicable).
  • Check online (i.e. Ebay, Kijiji, Marketplace).
  • If you think you found your bike online, do not attempt to contact the seller yourself, always alert the police.
  • Spread the word. The more eyes looking out for your bike, the better. If your bike is unique to a certain type of cycling, you can try listing it on community websites and forums.
  • Inform your local bike shops. Provide them with the details of your bike, along with a picture, in case someone brings it into their shop for repair or to sell.
  • Use social media to increase overall awareness.
Let’s help prevent crime before it happens. If you are a victim of theft, police encourage you to report it to us online or by calling 705-675-9171.