Hamilton Police Offer Tips for the Holiday Season

This article, from December 10, has a number of tips for residents this holiday season.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Whether you are out shopping for gifts or shopping from home, the Hamilton Police Service is offering tips for residents, to protect yourself from potential fraud and theft.

For more details, please continue reading below…

The following was sent to us by Act.Sgt. Rodgers, Crime Manager for the Mountain Division.

Crime Tips of the Month

For many people, the holidays see an increase in shopping and socializing. Hamilton Police suggest the following tips to get you through the holidays safely.


  • Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk. Keep your vehicle doors locked and windows closed.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with credit or debit when possible.
  • To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never go into a parking lot alone.

Online Shopping

Use caution when conducting business over the internet.  Criminals can use the anonymity of the internet to rip off unsuspecting buyers and sellers.  Be certain you are dealing with a legitimate website.  Follow the website’s transaction safety guidelines.  Select a secure payment service yourself rather than accept advice from the seller.  Be aware of common scams involving overpayment being made for goods using forged business cheques.  Never accept a cheque for more than your selling price.

At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes. 
  • Don’t display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before you go away on a holiday trip.
  • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
  • If you take a holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbour or family member watch your house, shovel new snow, pick up the mail and newspaper and park his or her motor vehicle in your driveway from time to time.
  • Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if contributions are tax deductible, etc. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, don’t give.
  • Test your smoke detectors.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.