Don’t be a travel victim
With the busy March break season upon us, it’s wise to take some precautions to ensure that your vacation isn’t ruined before you take off. The Peel Regional Police Airport Division, which handles Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, has issued some timely travel tips that apply to anyone travelling by air. The simple thing to remember: be aware of your luggage and valuables at all times when you are at the airport.
“Criminals go where the people are,” says Airport Division Inspector John Byrne. “You can be sure with the number of people that are going to be going through the airports during the busy March travel period, the criminals will be there as well. Don’t take your eyes off of your valuables, because ‘diversion’ thefts only take a second.”
Diversion theft rings operate in airports around the country, using various schemes ( a plea for help, mustard or coffee spilled on you, etc). to take your attention away from your luggage. They then grab your belongings, get to a waiting vehicle and go on their own vacation. As many people have discovered to their chagrin, it only takes a second.