As it gets closer to the time of year for summer vacations, the RCMP has tips to deter thieves.
Mounties from Alberta encourage homeowners to consider Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles before going away on trips or during home renovation projects.
“Adjustments to a home or business can deter criminals by making it more difficult or less desirable to commit the crime. It can also make you feel safer,” read a release from the Alberta RCMP.
Some of the adjustments can include:
- Trim trees and shrubs – allows clear sightlines from inside your house to the curb or edge of the property. In addition, keeping your bushes and shrubs short removes hiding places.
- Install motion-sensor lighting – Adequately lighting at night can deter criminals who count on not being seen. Leaving lights on in the house when away can provide the illusion that someone is home.
- Cameras – Having exterior cameras around your property can be enough to deter a criminal.
- Lock up outdoor valuables – Store your lawnmower and other tools in a locked shed or garage and out of sight.
For more tips and information, visit the Alberta RCMP CPTED video playlist on YouTube.
The RCMP encourages the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to your local police detachment or Crime Stoppers.