Christmas may be one of the most wonderful times of year, but it can also be a time for scammers and opportunists to prey on others. 

"Christmastime, unfortunately it's a great time of year," shared Police Chief Paul Ladouceur, "but we do sometimes see an increase in theft and break and enters and things like that. One of the most common offences we see at Christmastime is gifts being stolen from vehicles and an increase in shoplifting."

"A message to shop-owners, is keep an eye on your customers, secure your stores. Big ticket items, don't leave them by the front door."

"As far as citizens go, when you're shopping, don't leave presents visible in your vehicle. It goes without say, common sense, don't leave your car unlocked. If you do have gifts and you arrive at home, don't leave them in the car overnight, take them in the house and don't leave them exposed in the windows where someone going up to your porch could look in your front window and see that there is a tree with a bunch of gifts under it." 

"The police are on patrol in neighbourhoods during the winter. If you are going away, let your neighbours know that you're going to be gone so they can keep a watchful eye over your property while you're away."

Ladouceur also cautions that this is the time of year when more scammers try and defraud people. 

"If somebody is calling you and offering you a fantastic deal on something, question it. it's unfortunate that we have to do that but we still see people getting duped time and time again over scams."

"One of the most recent ones that I received personally was the bank telling me that there was an e-transfer that was being returned to my account because it didn't go through."

He went on to describe that he was provided a link to go to and provide information.

"In those types of situations, call your bank. You have the right to do that. Banks understand that and most banks appreciate the call because it alerts them to some of the scams that are going on out there so they correct it and take action internally as well."

"Really be cognizant of that this time of year." 

He also added that CRA scams are very common as well. The CRA will never ask for payment of taxes by ITunes cards or prepaid credit cards. 

"When in doubt, give us a call, we're happy to walk you through it. We'd much rather get a five minute phone call from someone than deal with a criminal investigation of a major fraud which takes hours and hours. It's never a problem to call your local police."  

More Local News

The EPS Make One Arrest for Assault Last Night

The Estevan Police Service was busy making the rounds last night, The intense hockey game kept most peoples attention for the night however there were a few incidents of note. Sgt.Tyler McMillan.…

Saskatchewan's Population On The Rise

The population in Saskatchewan is on the rise and has been since at least 2007. The population grew by 11,459 people in 2018 to 1,168,423 according to new figures released by Statistics Canada. The…

100 Kids Who Care Growing In Popularity

100 Kids Who Care are stronger together and the children are making a big impact right here in our community. Brooke Spagrud with how the last meeting went, "We had 39 to 40 kids, but one thing we…

Southeast College Holding Speed Networking Event For Students And Business Leaders

The Southeast College is trying something new and holding a speed networking event here in the energy city. It's being billed as an opportunity to meet with local business leaders and work on their…

Rafferty Rumble Gearing Up For Exciting Summer

The Rafferty Rumble is gearing up for a summer of excitement and entertainment. Josh LeBlanc Head Organizer of the Rafferty Rumble, "The Rafferty Rumble will take place from July 26th to the 28th,…

Sidhu Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

Families and friends of the Broncos, most adorned in Broncos jerseys bearing their family names, gathered once again in the makeshift courtroom at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort to learn the fate…

Southeast Cornerstone School Division Underfunded Again in Provincial Budget

Reactions continuing to come in from those impacted by the 2019 Provincial Budget released yesterday. Chief Financial Officer with the Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division Shelley Toth said…

Police Broke Up Some Fights Last Night

The Estevan Police Service had their fair share of fights to break up last night. Police were called to a local business parking lot to a report of a fight between four males and a female. Police…

Roman Catholic School Division Seeks To Grow Truth And Reconciliation

The Holy Family has been committed to growing Truth and Reconciliation within their school division. Superintendent Terry Jordens, "We've been working with Truth and Reconciliation for a number of…

St. Mary's School Celebrates Rock Your Socks

Rock Your Socks is a program that many throughout the Energy City continue to participate in each year, to bring awareness to Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Special Olympics Active Start and…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login