Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Theft from Charities
Although there are many organizations that raise money for a variety of great charities, unfortunately there are some that pretend to be raising money for a cause, but are really scamming people out of their money. It is important to look for the warning signs and make sure you’re only donating to legitimate charities.
Never give any money to someone who is pushy. Real charities do not put pressure on people to donate. Test the fundraiser by asking for a tax receipt, more information on the organization and fundraising specifics. If they cannot answer your questions, chances are they are not legitimate.
Never give out personal information and always give a cheque instead of cash. Make a charity budget for the year and stick to charities that mean the most to you. You have the right to think about your decision, and legitimate charities will respect that.
For more information on crime prevention please contact Cst. Paul Hawrychuk at (905)579-1520 ext. 1775