As many Albertans are preparing to get out of the cold weather, Alberta RCMP want to remind residents to properly secure their homes and property while they are away on vacation.
From January to November 2019, there were over 4,850 break and enters to residences, 430 of which happened solely in January 2019.
Albertans can ensure their properties are secure through the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) by installing timers on lights, disconnecting power to garage doors, investing in a home security system, locking all windows and doors, having someone shovel the driveway, and not making boxes from expensive gifts obvious in the recycling.
Alberta RCMP is encouraging Albertans to ask someone who they trust to check the mail or use a hold mail service while away, as mail theft was high in January, second only to December in 2018.
It can also be beneficial for Albertans not to post upcoming plans and photos during their vacation on social media that will show that their home is empty.
RCMP encourages the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the police.
Reports tell the RCMP where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future.
If Albertans witness a crime in progress dial 9-1-1, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.