Alberta RCMP is reminding farmers to secure their yards during cropping season.
Police say unsecured yards, combined with increased mobility due to warm weather, creates additional opportunities for prolific criminals.
A recent Alberta RCMP analysis shows fuel thefts and break-and-enter incidents generally increase in the spring, with peaks in the summer.
“Neighbours know the patterns in their neighbourhoods. They know which vehicles should be in their neighbour’s yards or driveways.
“If you see something suspicious, take note of details such as a licence plate or make of the vehicle, and be sure to report it to police,” said Cpl. Ronald Bumbry, Alberta RCMP.
Police provide the following tips:
- Install a security camera;
- Install security lights with motion sensors;
- Purchase a special locking fuel cap for your slip tank;
- Install a bolt lock on outbuildings.