On December 2, officers from the Powassan OPP responded to a break, enter and theft complaint in Chisholm Township.
The thieves entered a property on Chiswick Line at approximately 7 p.m., on December 1. They entered a shed and removed a new SaltDogg Electric Hopper Spreader with a value of $7,500. They then removed a Boss DXT Plow from a vehicle, mounting in on the thieves' vehicle. The plow is valued at over $10,000.
Acting Staff Sergeant Bill McMullen, Detachment Commander of the North Bay OPP, says that "High ticket items such as plows are appealing to thieves making them at risk for theft. Remember to safeguard your property to make it less attractive to crime".
McMullen offers some crime prevention tips that you can use to deter crime and safeguard your property:
- Thieves hate bright lights. Install outside lights and keep them on at night. Consider motion sensors that set off lights or alarms.
- Ensure that buildings, doors, and windows are well exposed, lit up, and not obstructed, paying particular attention to landscaping.
- Keep your fences in good repair. Secure all access roads with locked gates.
- Remove all weapons of opportunity such as small garden rocks or throwable objects.
- Keep small equipment locked in a barn or garage.
- Block in larger items, such as plows, so that they cannot be removed.
- Use cameras and post signs letting the public know that video is being utilized on the property.
- Ensure that building doors and windows are sturdy and solid and locked with the best locks available