Ponoka RCMP are warning residents to take precautions after two home invasions were reported earlier this month in the town.
Police said home invasions were reported in the Lucas Heights neighbourhood on May and May 13. Both occurred between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. while the residents were inside asleep.
In both incidents, suspects got into the homes through unlocked doors and windows. They stole wallets and vehicle keys, which were used to steal vehicles at both locations. Both investigations remain ongoing.
Anyone with information on these incidents is encouraged to provide it to members of Ponoka RCMP.
RCMP remind residents to be aware of the security risks with leaving ground floor windows open during hot summer months.
In order to lower rates of preventable property crime, the Alberta RCMP has developed a routine checklist that you can follow to prevent crimes these types “crimes of opportunity.” The 9PM Routine is a movement that is supported by police forces across the world. People are encouraged to follow a routine checklist every night to double check their property is locked up and safe.
Property crimes are often crimes of opportunity and important details like locking doors and turning on lights can deter criminals. Follow this checklist every evening before you go to bed to protect your property:
• Turn on outside lights at night
• Lock your doors
• Put away toys and bikes in a locked, safe location
• Put away tools when you’re finished with them
• Put away outdoor equipment
• Lock up off-highway vehicles
• Double check vehicles are locked/keys removed
• Double check that your garage/shed is locked
• Set your home alarm(if you have one
Join the movement by using #9PMRoutine and following our social media accounts on Twitter (@RCMPAlberta)and Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta).
Anyone with information is asked to call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4471. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Alberta Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.p3tips.com, or via the P3 Tips mobile phone app available on Apple and Android devices.