Over the past month police have seen an increase in the number of residential break and enters and are advising the public to be extra vigilant and take steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Many residential break and enters take place during the day while people are at work. The best way to reduce the chance of being victimized is to increase the risk for would-be thieves.
- First and foremost, always ensure your doors are locked and windows are secured. Even if you are just outside working in your yard, lock the doors.
- Older style sliding doors can be popped off their frame so it’s a good idea to take a strong dowel, steel bar or two-by-four and slide it into the back groove. That way even if someone picks the lock the rod will stop the door from sliding back and opening.
- Do not leave a spare hidden outside or in the garage.
- Trim overgrown shrubs and trees, particularly those near windows, as they are a welcome hiding place for criminals. By keeping windows and entryways clear you prevent people from being able to sneak up or hide behind cover.
- Install motion sensor lights for at night.
- Watch out for suspicious activity – people and vehicles – in your neighbourhood and report it to police immediately. 911 for an emergency or 403-328-4444 for non-emergencies.
Anyone with information on a break and enter or any other crime is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.