Thousands of families headed to the malls this long weekend to pick up back-to-school essentials and Toronto Police are reminding students to be extra cautious when it comes to their new gear, especially popular hand-held equipment.
Authorities say recent and past crime trends show that criminals tend to target students for their electronic gadgets, including MP3 players, hand-held computers, cellphones, and video game players.
These robberies usually occur close to campus or during lunchtimes and police are warning students to take some precautions to protect their property.
Here’s a look at what Toronto Police recommend:
- Keep your cash, music players, cellphones or other valuables close to you and out of view,
- If you don’t need it at school, think twice about taking it to school,
- Be aware of who is around you,
- Report any criminal or suspicious incident to police and your school,
- Try to stay in groups or with friends,
- Talk to the police officers in and around your schools; they are there for you,
- Record all serial numbers and keep that information in a safe place,
- Report any criminal or suspicious incident to police and your school officials.