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.
Shopping from Home Safely
New technology makes it easier to shop without ever leaving your home. Most of the time a credit card is required to make purchases over the internet or telephone. Make sure to research the product you wish to purchase beforehand and understand any return and refund policies the company may have.
Door-to-door sales can be high-pressure situations. If you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to say no. Ask for references from the salesperson and do some research if you are interested in the product. If you do end up buying a product or service, you have the right to a 10-day cooling-off period where you can cancel any contract over $50 that was signed in your home. You should also make sure you receive a legitimate contract from the company.
When shopping over the phone, you should deal only with reputable companies that have good refund policies. Don’t buy anything on impulse and beware of pushy telemarketers who demand payments in advance. These people are usually scammers. If you end up making a purchase on the phone, the company is required to provide you with a copy of your agreement within 30 days of billing or within 60 days of entering the contract.
For more information on crime prevention please contact Cst. Paul Hawrychuk at (905)579-1520 ext. 1775