The cold weather this week has likely reminded you that Old Man Winter is quickly approaching and RCMP want to remind you to get your cabin or recreational property ready for the season.
Mounties are urging Albertans to consider crime prevention while they winterize their properties.
October has been the highest month for break-and-enters to seasonal residences in 2017 and 2018. Investigators attributed the spike to many residents closing up their properties for the winter.
In Oct. 2018, there were 70 break-and-enters to seasonal properties province-wide and 550 total for the entire year. May came in second for most break and enters to seasonal properties with 56 reports.
Many break-and-enters happen during the winter but property owners don’t become aware of the crime until they reopen their properties for spring and summer.
RCMP suggests you trim trees and brush to create clear sightlines on your property to deter crime. They also advise installing timers on interior lights, install motion sensor lights outside and ensure all doors and windows are locked before leaving the property for the winter.
They also recommend that property-owners bring all valuable toys and tools home during that time and post signage on the property saying all valuables have been removed, which might deter criminals. RCMP also suggests you check on the property periodically throughout the winter to ensure there has not been anyone on the property that should not be.
Alberta RCMP is pushing their #seasonalsafety awareness campaign on social media sites this month and is offering safety tips on their Twitter account: @RCMPAlberta or on the RCMP in Alberta Facebook page.
If you spot any suspicious activity on a cabin or recreation property that has been left for the winter you’re asked to report it right away to RCMP or Crime Stoppers.