Lock your doors and know the right phone numbers, RCMP say

Thompson RCMP are reminding residents to ensure that buildings and vehicles are securely locked in the wake of several incidents of mischief and vandalism over the past few days.

Other security measures such as having motion-activated outdoor lights and not leaving valuables or keys in cars and trucks are also suggested.

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“We recognize that mistakes happen and we can become forgetful. If you find that your vehicle, shed or home was left unlocked and someone may have gained access, please contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911 to report it,” said a news release from the detachment.

Knowing the correct number to call depending on your situations is also being stressed.

Emergencies and crimes in progress should be reported to 204-677-6911.

“It is possible that you will have to wait a short time. However, if you hang up and call back you are bumped in the queue and will end up waiting longer,” said Thompson RCMP.

To request police assistance for non-emergency matters, such as reporting something that was stolen from your property the previous day, you should still call 204-677-6911 but be sure to tell the dispatcher that it is not a crime in progress or an emergency.

To inquire about criminal record checks or other administrative issues, call 204-677-6909.

For police assistance with intoxicated people in a public area, call the City of Thompson Community Safety Officers at 204-677-7916.

For fires or medical emergencies, call Thompson Fire & Emergency Services at 204-677-7911.

Police also remind callers to know their address when they call police or emergency medical services.

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