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RCMP reminds residents of tips with big crime reduction impacts

RCMP are providing home security tips as summer approaches
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With summer approaching, Albertans are spending more time outdoors, and often away from their homes.

Not securing property can make residents a prime target for theft, according to a release.

• Sightlines. Keep clear sightlines to yards, garages, and entry points so criminals have nowhere to hide. Make sure trees and bushes aren’t overgrown, creating a cover for a potential thief.

• Gates. A locked gate can help deter a criminal who may not want to waste time trying to get past it.

• Windows. Keep windows covered and locked when you’re not home. An empty house is a criminal’s playground.

• Alarms. Consider installing a security system, especially on seasonal properties or if you travel often. This will help ensure that if anything does happen to your property, authorities will be alerted immediately.

While these tips might sound obvious, CPTED is an international concept that has proven to discourage crime and promote security.

If residents want to report a crime anonymously, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the 'P3 Tips' app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

For more tips and crime prevention information, follow #HereToHelp and social media accounts on X (@RCMPAlberta), Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta) and YouTube (@RCMP-GRC Alberta).


Mark Weber

About the Author: Mark Weber

I've been a part of the Black Press Media family for about a dozen years now, with stints at the Red Deer Express, the Stettler Independent, and now the Lacombe Express.
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