No one wants a "spring break" and enter. This May, Alberta RCMP are offering tips for how Albertans can protect their residential, seasonal and outbuilding properties from break and enters and providing information on how to file a report in the event that they are victims of crime.
In 2021, 10,529 reports of break and enters were reported in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. By practicing good crime prevention and deterring would-be criminals, we can work to reduce this number.
In order for Albertans to have an a-May-zing spring, the RCMP are hoping some of the following tips help protect them from break and enters:
- As the weather turns warmer and individuals begin to use seasonal tools and equipment, we recommend that they are extra careful not to leave expensive items lying around or in unlocked sheds or garages.
- Opportunity crimes are iris-istible to thieves. While no one invites thieves in, practicing good crime prevention can help keep properties safer. Updating locks, deadbolts or security measures on buildings frequently, makes them difficult to break into.
- Thieves "lilac" buildings that are unsecured and unlocked. If possible, individuals may want to look into installing motion sensor lights or alarm systems and cutting away overgrown shrubs that block any sightlines.
- "Branch" out when it comes to property security! Installing alarm systems and motion sensor lights on properties and outbuildings are good ideas to deter criminals.
- Knowing that your property is as secure from thieves as possible is a re-leaf! If you find that your property has been stolen or any buildings have been broken into, we encourage you to contact your nearest RCMP detachment immediately to file a report regarding the matter.