Everyone’s heard about people who lose their online purchases to thieves scouring front porches for valuables – perhaps right in your own neighbourhood. Its hard to resist when all that merchandise is brand new, nicely packaged, easy to carry – and best of all – already paid for. Easy pickings if left unattended for long, but a lot of people still seem happy taking the risk anyway.
Protecting those packages is more important than ever with 2020 being the year in which online Christmas shopping has soared due to the pandemic. So as holiday deliveries start to peak, it’s time for our holiday season update from Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers on how to avoid becoming the next porch pirate victim (see tips below).
“Ironically, so many more people were actually working from home in 2020, so their houses weren’t left unattended as much. Yet, porches went unwatched anyway as people spent hours in the den on video calls, in the kitchen or streaming TV shows,” says Linda Annis, Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. “If they just spent two minutes to think about how they might monitor the front door better, there would be fewer thefts.”
Crime Stoppers reminds us that anyone seeing a crime in progress should call 9-1-1 or the local police. However, if you have information that could help solve or prevent a crime, and want to remain anonymous, call us at Crime Stoppers by phone, online, or through our “P3” smartphone app. The information you provide is passed directly to police and your anonymity is guaranteed by the Supreme Court of Canada.
TIPS - ONLINE SHOPPING AND HOME SECURITY TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS BARGAIN HUNTERS
- Everybody’s ordering online like there’s no tomorrow – so don’t let all those deliveries sit on your porch for long. So many packages on so many porches make for easy pickings. If you’re not home for the delivery, or can’t watch for it while busy at home, ask neighbours to help watch for anything left on your porch. You can return the favour for them too.
- Don’t get taken in when shopping online. Buy from proper, established businesses instead of relatively unknown sources, and be wary of online deals that don’t feel right. Shoplifted goods often get sold to the public online or through flea markets, with the money going to fund gangs dealing in drugs or illegal weapons. It’s bigger than you think – organized retail crime costs all Canadians almost $5 billion a year.
- Use home video security cameras to watch for deliveries and crooks. Feed the images to your smartphone, and you might even spot a crook stealing from your Christmas lawn display.
- Watch for counterfeit items. Lots of fake goods enter Canada though our ports of entry from Pacific Rim and other countries, so it’s easy to smuggle in goods that are poor quality, or even unsafe.
- Ask yourself, “why is this so cheap”? Be wary of counterfeit or poor quality “bargains” from market stalls or a “pop-up” retailer that’s in business one minute, and can be gone the next.
- Close the blinds. Make sure gifts inside the house aren’t visible outside. Peering through the window and seeing piles of gifts sitting beneath a Christmas tree is irresistible to burglars.
- Don’t leave stacks of cardboard lying outside your house. Boxes from expensive gifts left outside your house are a billboard announcing what’s new inside – great for a burglar treasure hunt.
- Etch it – mark your property. Ask your local police to help etch your property with your driver’s license number. Photograph valuables and show the make, model and serial number. If something’s stolen and later found by police, there’s a better chance that you’ll get it back.
TIPS - DOWNTOWN AND AT THE MALL
- Don’t make your car a “crook’s candy store”. Before you lock up, leave nothing visible inside your car. Not even pocket change or empty bottles and cans.
- Don’t “park in the dark”. Find a busy, well-lit section of the parking lot.
- Lock your gifts in the trunk. We say this every year – yet people still leave presents in plain view in the back seat.
- Guard your garage door opener. Leave the remote at home when shopping, or tuck it in your pocket so a smart car thief can’t just let himself in if he figures out your address
About Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers is a non-profit society and registered charity that offers rewards for anonymous tip information about criminal activity and provides it to investigators in the communities of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Anonymous tips may be provided though Crime Stoppers’ downloadable “P3” app for Apple and Android phones, calling Crime Stoppers at 1-855-448-8477 (new number) or 1-800-222- 8477, online at solvecrime.ca, or by following the link on the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Facebook page.
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers accepts tips in 115 different languages and will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a criminal, recovery of stolen property, seizure of illegal drugs or guns or denial of a fraudulent insurance claim. Tipsters stay anonymous by using code numbers to check back later and collect their rewards.
How Anyone Can Make Money as an Influencer
Influencers have always held an interesting position in popular culture. The role of influencer lies somewhere between cultural phenomenon and marketing tool. It can be hard to grasp how some people have developed a strong enough social influence that they can make money just by sharing a company’s products.
Some influencers get paid to try incredible food, go on fun vacations and share the things they love with their audience. Sounds like the perfect career if you ask us! Many people consider this to just be something they can’t do. It can feel like these influencers have special abilities that are beyond the average person, but that is just not true.
A gig as an influencer is becoming more and more accessible to anyone. You no longer need to be Kim Kardashian to earn money promoting brands online, all you need is a group of loyal followers that care about the same things you do. With a little knowledge about your audience, a passion for connecting with people, some editing skills and dedication, anyone can make it into the influencer realm. The catch – once you have a decent following – is how to make money from your influence.
One thing that people never talk about is that influencers are rarely doing it alone. Big influencers often hire marketing professionals to manage their social media and connect them with big companies that they can work with. But that’s not the only way. Advances in technology have enabled micro-influencers to make the same kinds of connections without spending a dime.
Vancouver-based Creator.co has been helping influencers large and small earn money by connecting them with brands that need their help. When influencers sign up for this network they get access to brand campaigns that may otherwise be out of reach. By using a platform like Creator.co influencers, both new and well-established, can find brand partnerships that work for them. This often leads to long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial for years.
Creator.co also recently launched the Creator Network, an innovative new opportunity which enables influencers to make money from affiliate links so they can be fairly compensated for the profits their influence generates. Now it’s even easier to earn money as an online creator, providing you’re dedicated to creating quality content and supporting your sponsor companies.
If you’re looking to enter the world of influencer technology, Creator.co will be your best friend and save you a lot of headache. Before platforms like Creator.co were established, up and coming influencers would have to manually search for brands that fit their target audience and reach out to each one individually in search of a viable partnership This method can be difficult and was one of the reasons that earning money as an influencer seemed so inaccessible.
If you have a great following online and love to connect with people, it’s 100% possible to turn it into a career. Put your great ideas to work for you through Vancouver’s own Creator.co.
10 Beauty & Fashion Trends You Need to Copy in 2021
The beauty and fashion industries have evolved a lot, and people are always up ahead to follow the trends in fashion and beauty. People’s shift in their interest in fashion Trends didn’t come out suddenly. Still, the way beauty and fashion industries are making their efforts by creatively crafting new attributes drives people crazy. Other factors like the internet have also created hype among people to go crazy for beauty and fashion Trends. Every year the fashion and beauty industries come with new trends and looks which people follow and improvise in their own way to look stylish.
In the year 2020, we have learned many things, including beauty and fashion attributes. With everything shut down in 2020, be it a salon or boutique or anything else, we couldn’t do anything as the social gathering was not permitted. Thus, we find our own ways to deal with such situations and learn about managing beauty and fashion staying at home. The year 2021 will be solid for all of us as we have our hacks plus the resources we already had, and this came out as a brutal combination as we have more resources than earlier.
1. Catchy Eyeliners
2021 is tied in with discarding the regular tones and adding some liveliness to the eyes. Be somewhat cool to explore different avenues regarding tints of eyeliners and bid farewell to dark and earthy-colored tones. Right now is an ideal opportunity to get energized as the shades can go from red, yellow, blue to green and other brilliant tones. Step up to attempt the shimmery shades and different off-tone colors we were reluctant to try earlier.
2. Skin Care
Natural, clean, and directness of the skin are the thing that we are anticipating in 2021. The previous year ruined all our beauty care schedules, and we were forced to use natural and homemade hacks for skincare. We are now aware of your everyday skincare schedule that incorporates cleansing, toning, moisturizing, body hair removal, facial roller rub, etc. Additionally, stay appropriately hydrated as it makes the skin glow normally. This time, There’s no such hectic requirement for full-face cosmetics since we need to last with masks on the face. Simply center around looks that require fewer artificial products and keep it natural.
3. When It Comes To Hair, Keep It Natural
The not-so-ideal year of the century has shown us numerous things. The creation of fashionable haircuts stopped with the lockdown opposing us to visit any salons. Instead, we grabbed this opportunity and started taking care of our hair, and trust me, for most people, it helped improve their hair. We cherished and learned that we could look better with normal hair rather than quirky and fancy, and that is the trend that will be followed in 2021.
4. Makeup Trends
Again if you want to go with 2021 in makeup, it is anticipated that natural makeup will be the top priority, as people have been doing it recently. When it comes to beauty and makeup, keeping it realistic will always be a trend. One of the trends which are likely to be followed in makeup is the different colored makeup, and the top colors for the makeup will be pink, blue, red, green, purple, etc. People have spent a lot of time on the internet, which is why they get these ideas. Using such color will be unique and a good trend in 2021 for makeup.
5. Colour Trends
The clothes’ latest trend is black and white it is a classy and trendy look that both the male and females would like to follow in the year 2021. Also, the bright colors which in earlier days looks odd will now be the trendsetter for clothes. End of the day, you need to choose the outfit that makes you feel comfortable and stunning and your fashion for the day. Currently, denim jackets, multicolor chinos, etc., are trending for men. And for women, they can go with the color yellow as it is trending in 2021.
6. Monochrome Look
This seems like the most significant style pattern followed by design enthusiasts and brands around the world. The spring style patterns stand up noisy about monochrome design. Monochrome Look is wearing tints of a similar tone from head to toe. Jumpers, dresses, formal wear, capes are all incorporated to get this look.
7. Oversized Look
The year 2020 was more about work from home and staying indoors, where people started enjoying comfortable clothes. The trend for oversized clothes came up as surprising, but it gained popularity within a matter of time, which is probably the reason it will be trending in 2021. It is not only comfortable but also looks classy.
Floral is the evergreen design and fashion trending yesterday and is trending today and will continue to trend tomorrow. Florals are beautiful, and if you amongst the people who are bored in lockdown wearing boring clothes, you give it a try in 2021. Men would love a floral print shirt with denim, and for women, it would be very odd that she doesn’t like the floral dress.
9. Footwear Selection
Your footwear depicts your nature. Reasonable footwear with the right outfit makes the outfit look better and wiser. High boots go with dresses and skin-fit base wear. Sports shoes go with road-style garments. Flat shoes go with ethnic wear also it is comfortable while you’re wearing casuals.
10. Classic Wear
It is advisable that you need to have your classic clothes collection irrespective of any trends and season. Anyday, you can look stunning if you have a pair of classics in your wardrobe. A leather jacket, denim, formal wear, etc., can be a part of your wardrobe if you are looking for classics. Denim is the all-time favorite classic look that most people should copy in 2021.
Fashion and beauty are very creative fields, and if you are into it, you can apply your logic and take out your creative side to choose the best and trending wardrobe. The year 2021 will develop a mixture of old and new fusion in the beauty and fashion industries.
4 Ways To Save Money While Going Green
Let’s face it – it is hard to save money while maintaining eco-friendly habits. In honor of Earth Day this month, here’s a lineup of this year’s best and brightest items that will not only save cash, but the planet too. From sustainable fashion to smart technology that will let you be water-wise, these eco-friendly picks are sure to make Mother Nature and your pocketbook very happy.
Because of the pandemic, most of us are still not going to the spa these days. Now, thanks an innovative line of sustainable cork massage balls and rollers, you don’t have to!
Rawlogy is a company that makes e-cool-logically cool cork stress balls and massage rollers which are great for sore, tired or tense muscles. Plus, these will pay for themselves in one use when you factor in what you’d normally spend for a massage. These ultralight, travel-ready cork massage balls and rollers are eco-friendly and ethically produced.
Whether you are at home, hiking, traveling or even in the office, Rawlogy offers a premium self-massage experience allowing users to de-stress and relieve tension in those sore, tired, aching and or stressed muscles.For more information please visit: https://www.rawlogy.com/
Men’s dress shirts that are unstainable, wrinkle-free and sustainable – it’s a real thing!! The people behind AndCollar have perfected the art of fabric and fashion while helping the environment by using recycled plastic to make their dress shirts and ties.
With one million plastic bottles are purchased every single minute globally, AndCollar is helping because each of their dress shirts is the equivalent of 15 recycled plastic bottles! Instead of sending those bottles to oceans and landfills, &Collar.com is using that recycled plastic to create high-performance fabric that keeps men cool and dry.
Mixing fashion, fabric and function together, the company’s goal is to make the world a little bit better one shirt and tie at a time. For More Info: https://andcollar.com/
TubShroom/ SinkShroom/ ShowerShroom:
Throw your plumber’s number down the drain thanks a nifty little innovation that prevents clogs in all your drains. The shrooms (named for their shape) are made from recycled materials and prevent clogs by catching hair or other debris that enters the drain, all while still letting water flow freely through the holes in the cylinder.
Perhaps the best part is that the mushroom-shaped invention keeps hair and other yucky debris out of site because it wraps around the cylinder, so it is not visible until you remove it once a month to clean. That means no more time spent cleaning out drains or pouring harsh chemicals down the pipes and it also means less calls to the expensive plumber. For More Info: https://www.tubshroom.com/
Did you know that the average family wastes 9,400 gallons of water annually?! That’s why Nudge Systems has created Pleco, a smart device that provides live updates on water usage in the home broken down by category.
From showers to toilet flushes and water faucets to irrigation, Pleco is smart technology that uses sensors to show consumers in real-time the water being used in their home. The innovative device can even detect water leaks, potentially saving users thousands of dollars in repair costs.
It is the first-of-its-kind device on the market that uses home automation, a smart phone app and display screen to help users understand and reduce their water use. Notifications and colorful graphics make it easy to track and monitor how much water is being used daily, weekly, monthly, etc.
This information allows consumers to make wise decisions when it comes to water and cuts down on that water bill too! For more information please visit: https://www.nudgesystems.com/
Get Ready For Game Day (at home!)
A roundup of local favourites for the perfect Superbowl Sunday
Ampersand Distilling Co. has the perfect recipe to sip on while you wait for dinner. Made with their award-winning Per Se Vodka, the Godmother cocktail is simply delicious. Combine 1.5 oz of Ampersand’s Per Se Vodka with 1/2 oz of Amaretto in a rocks glass over ice… and voila!
Pepino’s is expanding their take out and delivery hours beginning at 2 p.m on Sunday. This allows for more than enough time to pick up or order in some yummy game day favourites. Take out will be available on TOCK and delivery is available through DoorDash.
Make sure to order early to avoid any delays. As well as their regular take out menu, they will also be featuring a mouthwatering Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Wings.
Lastly, Caffe La Tana is offering a limited edition Super Bowl Fox Box for four! This box includes everything you need for a night of good eats and good football.
The Fox Box includes a handful of Pepino’s fan favourites, made from chef Phil Scarphone’s recipes and fresh La Tana ingredients, sure to satisfy no matter who wins the game!
- Caesar salad with Pepino’s house-made dressing
- Baked rigatoni alla bolognese
- Spinach & artichoke dip
- 1lb of Harry’s Hot Wings from the Pepino’s patio menu
- A par baked Nelson the Seagull filone
- All the ingredients to assemble two large ‘Capo del Pranzo’ meatball subs
- Pepino’s famous tiramisu ‘Bombolona’.
Each box comes with instructions to heat and assemble. Available for pick up or delivery on February 5, 6 and 7, in limited quantities.
Lockdown Valentine’s Day Date Ideas and Inspiration
Coronavirus has affected every aspect of life, including romance. However, your love life shouldn’t suffer because you cannot go on outdoor dates.
This article mentions lockdown Valentine’s Day date ideas and how to enjoy your lover’s company indoors. From roses and chocolates to dinners and vacations, lovers go out of their way in search of Valentine’s Day date ideas. But unlike before, this year’s celebrations come in the thick of a pandemic, with numerous travel restrictions and restaurants and other entertainment spots closed.
The good news is that you can still create unique Valentine’s Day date ideas at home. Who knows, this year’s Valentine’s Day date ideas could be the best ones yet.
Remember, the best Valentine’s Day date ideas are about bonding with your partner instead of gifts and outings. After finding your date on best dating sites review, here are Valentine’s Day date ideas during the COVID-19.
Surprise your significant other with breakfast in bed, including heart-shaped foods to communicate your love. Even if you ruin their heart-shaped pancakes, your partner will still appreciate these Valentine’s Day date ideas because you made an effort to cook for them. You could also slip a love note beneath the breakfast tray.
Another option is cooking together. For instance, you can recreate a dish from your favorite takeout spot. To make the Valentine’s Day ideas more interesting, save the restaurant’s containers and eat out of them.
Alternatively, pick a recipe from a random country and try preparing it. That way, Valentine’s Day date ideas teach you about new cultures and cuisines. You might even add the country to your post-lockdown Valentine’s Day date ideas.
Feel free to set the mood with cool background music and candles. Don’t forget to dress up. Valentine’s Day ideas are a chance to look attractive without leaving the house.
Note that cooking isn’t just about the food. It also fosters collaboration. You can shop for ingredients while your lover prepares the meal and cleans the dishes.
2- Movie Night
Movies are perfect for couples who want to enjoy each other’s company without talking. They are also cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas, seeing you only need a film and snacks. Not saying Valentine’s Day date ideas should be boring because you’re indoors.
You can take these Valentine’s Day date ideas a notch higher by creating cinema tickets or printing them from an online template. You could also spruce up the viewing experience by swapping your TV for a projector.
Another option is merging these Valentine’s Day date ideas with games. For instance, you can count how many times a red car appears in the film. Again, movies are an excellent virtual Valentine’s Day date.
Thanks to streaming subscription services, you can watch a movie with your partner and see their reactions when miles apart. Movie nights aren’t limited to Valentine’s Day date ideas. You can have them regularly, for example, every second Thursday of the month.
3- Make a Scrapbook
Scrapbooks use words and photos to communicate particular emotions to your lover. Partners can create separate scrapbooks and exchange them on Valentine’s Day or craft one together.
All you need for these Valentine’s Day date night ideas are photographs, pens, glue, paints, scissors, and glitter. While lined scrapbooks are ideal for notes, blank paper suits photographs, and other craft ideas.
The next step is deciding the scrapbook’s theme. For instance, you can devote your book to vacations. Don’t forget to write down the memories you wish to include lest you forget them.
Additionally, compile relationship memorabilia, from chocolate wrappers to your first movie tickets. The cover is an essential component of these Valentine’s Day date ideas since it’s the face of your scrapbook. You can put your names, photo, and the date you met.
4- Spa Day
With the pandemic forcing people to juggle between remote work, homeschooling, and parenting, spa days are welcome Valentine’s Day date ideas.
The first stage of these romantic Valentine’s Day date ideas is setting the ambiance. Start by clearing clutter from your living room or bedroom. Likewise, buy essential oils and your favorite scented candles. Ensure you dress comfortably; for example, wear slippers and loose-fitting clothes like robes.
This goes hand in hand with cool classical music or soothing nature sounds. While at it, switch off your phones and TV to limit interruptions. Feel free to sip wine or herbal tea on your spa date.
You could have bubble baths and give each other massage. The best part is you can substitute some beauty products with food items. For instance, you can create a face mask with avocado.
5- Treasure Hunt
Adventure sets treasure hunts apart from other Valentine’s Day date ideas for couples. However, these Valentine’s Day date ideas demand preparation.
Start by making your treasure hunt clues. You can use sticky notes or write your clues on a pack of cards. The number of clues determines the length of the hunt. However, the goal of Valentine’s Day date ideas is having fun and not completing the challenge quickly.
You can spread these hints in the house and backyard. Don’t forget to include prizes at the end and middle of these Valentine’s Day date ideas to make the search worthwhile. This could be treats like candy, chocolate, wine, even an engagement ring.
Coronavirus may limit this year’s Valentine’s Day date ideas, but this won’t always be the case. With promising vaccine advancements and the world embracing the pandemic, lockdown is an opportunity to plan future dates.
Besides growing shared goals, joint date plans provide relationship fulfillment and adventure opportunities. You can come up with date ideas individually before merging them with your partner.
While at it, do small fun things together in anticipation of big dates. Have you ever had a Valentine’s Day date at home? Share your indoor Valentine’s Day date ideas in the comments section below.
Mrs. Aria Green is a family photographer, and writes about relationship psychology. She’s a wife and a mother of two adorable kids who won’t get bored even for a minute.
She completed a photography course in college. She’s passionate about photography and writing. She loves personality psychology and to help the couples with advice on the relationship.
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