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Alberta RCMP Remind Albertans to Plan Their Own Getaways, Not a Criminal’s

Edmonton – It’s the time of year for planning vacations to escape the winter. While you’re away, making sure your property is secure is just as important as remembering to bring your luggage. 

In January 2019 there were over 430 break and enters to residences in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction and from January-November 2019 there were over 4,850.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a great way to make your property less appealing to criminals.

·         Install timers on lights

·         Disconnect power to garage door

·         Invest in a home security system

·         Lock all windows and doors

·         Have someone shovel your driveway

·         Don’t make boxes from expensive gifts obvious in your recycling

It’s also important not to post pictures on social media. If you post your upcoming plans, or selfies during vacation, people will know that your house is empty.

Ask someone you trust to check your mail or use a hold mail service while you’re gone. In 2018, mail theft was high in January, second only to December.

For the month of January, follow #TravelTips for more safety tips and follow our social media accounts on Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta), Twitter (@RCMPAlberta) and YouTube (RCMP-GRC Alberta).

RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to police. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish 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.

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