With winter inching closer, many Albertans are starting to close up their cabins and recreational properties for the season.
Alberta RCMP are urging people to consider crime prevention while winterizing.
In 2017 and 2018, October was the month with the most reported break and enters to seasonal residences. Police say this is due, in part, to residents closing up their cabins for the winter season.
In October 2018, there were 70 break and enters to seasonal properties and more than 550 through the year.
May is the month with the second-most reported break and enters to seasonal properties (56 in 2018) – many break and enters occur over the winter season, but are no reported until the cabins are opened in the spring.
The RCMP offer the following tips for protecting seasonal property:
- Trim shrubs and trees to create clear sight lines;
- Install timers on interior lights;
- Bring home expensive tools and toys;
- Post signage stating all valuables removed;
- Install motion sensor lights outside;
- Check on your property periodically;
- Put away outdoor furniture that can be used to get to the second floor;
- Install solid-core doors;
- Lock doors, windows and the shed.
Police encourage the public to report any suspicious activity. If you see a crime in progress, call 911.