Most crime in the community and around your home can be prevented by good locks, a few tools and taking some simple precautions. Here are a few tips to make your home more secure and deter would-be criminals from entering your property and dramatically reducing the crime numbers in your community.
Bottle Pickers - As the weather warms up, you may notice an increase in individuals such as bottle pickers in the community. To deter people from entering your property:
- Ensure your gates and sheds are locked.
- Keep your blue bins in your garage or secured in your back yard until your scheduled pick-up day.
Holidays - Going on vacation and don’t want to worry about your property?
- Find a friend or neighbour who can pop in every few days to check everything is ok.
- Ask the friend or neighbour to put yours bins out on garbage day.
- Set your lights on a timer so they turn on and off at different times giving the impression someone is still at home.
- Ensure your friend or neighbour has your emergency contact information.
Know your Neighbour – Getting to know your neighbour and looking out for each other goes a long way to prevent crime in your community.
- If you see a neighbour who has left the garage door open or left the car unlocked please tell them.
• If you feel uncomfortable approaching someone on your street call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. CPS will contact the resident and advise them to secure their property and provide needed crime prevention advice.
• Report all suspicious activity. Police may not arrive in time to prevent the specific incident but all calls are logged by CPS which help them to monitor criminal activity and identify emerging concerns.
• Do not confront anyone. Call 911 for any crime in progress. Make sure you have the location, any description of the individual(s) and the license plate of the vehicle if one is involved.
Vehicle Theft – A large percentage of motor vehicle crime is committed by opportunists. Here are a few ways to reduce the opportunity for theft and protect your possessions from criminals.
- Do not leave motor vehicles unlocked when unattended.
- Do not leave motor vehicles running with the keys inside if unattended.
- Remove all items of value and leave nothing visible that is of value or of perceived value inside the vehicle.
Protect your Valuables - We all have items that we have worked hard and saved up to purchase. We also have items that may not hold cash valuable but have significant sentimental value to us and it can be devastating to have these items stolen.
The Calgary Police Service has a large warehouse that stores all the property recovered from arrests and search warrants but these items cannot be returned if the owner cannot be identified. Here are some suggestions to help with identification:
- Record your cell phone’s IMEI number which is a numerical identifier unique to your phone. To locate this number dial *#06# on your handset and note the number that pops up. This number can be provided to police should your stolen cell phone be recovered.
- Record the serial numbers for all of your electronic equipment. This can be done on paper by noting the make, model and serial number or by photographing the item and the serial number.
- Photograph any jewellery, art and anything else of value.
- Ensure that the list of items and memory card with photographs is kept in a safe place such as a safety deposit box.
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