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Secure homes, vehicles amid spike in break-ins: Turner Valley RCMP

RCMP say that garage door openers and vehicle registration documents can provide criminals with access to your home.
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The Turner Valley RCMP detachment in Turner Valley on Monday, March 21, 2022. (Photo by Robert Korotyszyn/Western Wheel)

With a spike in stolen vehicles and residential break-ins across Alberta, Turner Valley RCMP are alerting the public that criminals are always developing strategies on how to victimize both rural and urban communities. 

With warmer weather upon us and everyone becoming busier, whether it’s getting work done around your property or getting away for a holiday, RCMP are reminding the public to ensure homes and vehicles are secured while they are away.  

Often criminals will look to check to see if a home or vehicle is unlocked, leaving it an easy target to rummage through and get their hands on valuables that are easy to sell and difficult to prove ownership. 

Criminals are also after garage door openers and vehicle registration documents. The registration provides the address of the owner and the garage door opener offers an entrance point to that address. 

In order to prevent being a victim, the RCMP have the following tips to keep your home and vehicle safe: 

• Make sure all windows and doors are secured and locked when you leave. 

• Inform your neighbours if you are leaving for an extended period and notify them who (if anyone) will be checking on your property. 

• Have lights on timers for the evening or motion sensors. 

• Consider installing a security camera system. 

• Keep all vehicles locked and remove valuables from sight. 

• Never leave the keys inside an unattended vehicle, no matter the time of day or need for multiple drivers to have access. 

• As always, report any suspicious activity to your local RCMP detachment. 

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