Alberta RCMP kicks off the spooky season with tips for securing properties

Tips for securing properties


Alberta RCMP is urging property owners to consider Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) this season. October is one of the top highest months for B&Es to seasonal properties and cabin owners are encouraged to consider CPTED when closing up their properties for the winter. Business owners are also encouraged to consider implementing CPTED principles before the cold weather arrives which can make new installations more difficult. Awareness is an important part of crime prevention.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a set of principles around property design to deter criminal activity. The goal of CPTED is to reduce the opportunities for crime to occur. These strategies help to make it undesirable or more difficult, leading criminals to choose other locations to commit crime. Protecting Alberta’s rural communities is a collective responsibility. Together, with local RCMP detachments, we create strong awareness and a presence of the law to help reduce crime.

Alberta RCMP jurisdiction 2020 statistics

  • Over 460 reports of break and enters to seasonal properties for the year.
  • Over 4,700 reports of break and enters to businesses for the year.
  • In October there were almost 50 break and enters to seasonal properties.
  • In October there were close to 400 break and enters to businesses.

Alberta RCMP jurisdiction 2021 year-to-date statistics Stats 2021 (January-August)

  • 207 break and enters to seasonal properties which is a 36% decrease compared to the same period in 2020.
  • 2,465 break and enters to businesses which is a 25% increase compared to the same period in 2020.

In an effort to curb break-ins during the fall and winter months, Alberta RCMP is providing these tips:

  • Safeguard your home and business by making sure your doors are locked and the alarm system is set at the end of the day.
  • Security cameras can be a great addition to your security system and just the presence of a camera could deter a thief and it can help identify them if they do commit a crime.
  • When locking up your cabin or vacation home, make sure to take home all valuables at the end of the season.
  • Make sure to follow a routine every evening, ask yourself, did you set the alarm? Are all the doors locked? Are all valuables away from the windows?
  • Things as simple as turning on lights, keeping your property well-maintained, and locking doors can help deter a criminal.

Alberta RCMP encourages the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to the police. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. 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. Learning how to protect your property is your best defense against crime. Reporting crime also remains of utmost importance to help police find the perpetrators. Albertans can count on the RCMP to continue to be fully committed to the safety and security of our province during the pandemic.

Friendly Reminders

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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October 14, 2021