Tips to safely store and protect off-highway vehicles!

June 17, 2021

Alberta RCMP are providing tips to safely store and protect off-highway vehicles. The start of summer and the end of the school year brings beautiful weather and fun in Alberta. Albertans ride their off-highway vehicles more frequently in the summer months. Alberta RCMP reminds citizens to safely store and protect their off-highway vehicles. Awareness is an important part of crime prevention. Together, with local RCMP detachments, we create a strong awareness and presence of the law and help reduce crime.

In June 2020, 73 off-highway vehicles, including two snowmobiles, six golf carts and one riding lawn mower, were stolen in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. This type of theft can cause a massive headache and inconvenience for the victims. It is very common for people who steal off-highway vehicles for the purpose of going from location to location and using them for all kinds of different crimes. It isn’t just having an off-highway vehicle stolen, it can also be a major threat to road safety. Together, we can put a large dent in these types of crimes. Protecting Alberta’s rural communities is a collective responsibility.

Here some tips for are keeping your recreational vehicles safe:

  • When you’re done using your recreational vehicle, park it in a locked garage or shed.
  • If you can’t park indoors, park your recreational vehicle in sight and chained to something.
  • Follow a nightly checklist to ensure everything is locked up and secured for the night.
  • To ensure maximum protection, turn on your outside lights at night.
  • Engrave your off-highway vehicles and other valuable items with your name or a serial number.
  • Keep a detailed list of your property including photos and serial numbers.
  • Make sure you have a timer for lights and surveillance cameras installed.

This month, follow #SummerSafety for crime prevention tips to safely store and protect your off-highway vehicles. Twitter (@RCMPAlberta), Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta) and YouTube (@RCMP-GRC Alberta). The RCMP encourages the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the police. Reports tell them where to look, who to look for and where to patrol in the future. If you witness a theft in progress, stay back and call 9-1-1. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Report crime online!
The RCMP are encouraging all Albertans to report eligible crimes online (select property crimes under $5,000). Reporting less serious crimes online helps emergency dispatch and frontline members focus their time on high-priority calls. It provides a convenient way to share photos to the RCMP as well. These reports assist in crime analysis, aid in establishing trends and patterns, and ultimately leads investigators to the chronic offenders. It also assists in making decisions about how and where to deploy resources. Crimes reported online will be taken just as seriously as crime reported in any other way.  

Help reduce crime, report online! #ReportSmart

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