Due to a recent spike in break-ins and theft from vehicles, the York Regional Police (YRP) joined forces with Philips Lighting and Crime Stoppers York Region to provide safety lights to local homes. The campaign kicked off Crime Prevention Week where officers went door to door in the Chillwood Ct. area with new outdoor light bulbs, and helpful information, for local home owners.

Speakers at the event included Eric Jolliffe, YRP Chief of Police; and Michael Gentile, president and CEO of Philips Lighting Canada. Also in attendance was Fred Moffat, YRP Superintendent, and several members of the police force.

The YRP plan to distribute 15,000 outdoor safety light bulbs to homes across the region and provided the following safety tips:

  • Maintain lawns and shrubs and clear snow from driveway to make home look occupied
  • Lock all doors, including interior garage doors
  • Install a reliable security system with cameras
  • Block, lock and screw down all windows
  • Do not keep valuables in the bedroom
  • Keep lights on at night with a timer

“Our residents can quite easily make their houses and vehicles less attractive targets,” says Jolliffe, while Gentile adds “the power of light illuminates people’s homes to keep them safe – with the appearance that someone is home even when they are not.”

For information, visit: www.yrp.ca

(Pictured L to R: Constable Brian Hinds and Auxillary Brian Chang of the YRP visiting with local resident, Hassan Kas Nov. 6)