Join a Rural Crime Watch Association within the MD of Foothills
High River: 403.652.2356
Turner Valley/Black Diamond: 403.933.4262
Rural Crime Watch Areas
Protect Your Home From Burglars
Thieves often look for opportunity or an easy target, so it is important to make your home as secure as possible. If we make our entire neighbourhood a difficult place to commit a crime, it will discourage thieves. Here are some ideas that will help to make your home, and our whole neighbourhood, safer from thieves:
- Look out for your neighbours. Keep your eyes open for cars or people acting suspiciously. If you see suspicious behaviour, notify the RCMP. Do not insert yourself into an active crime.
- Let your neighbours know when you will be away so they can keep an eye on your home during your absence.
- Ensure windows and doors are securely locked when leaving your home. Many break-ins occur through doors and windows that are left open or unlocked, or have faulty locks.
- Install/activate a security system and use it. While a security system may not prevent a break-in, it has shown to reduce the amount of time thieves are in your home.
- Install motion sensor lights. Areas lit all night are actually targeted more frequently by vandals than those not lit at all. Motion sensor lights have proven to be effective and surprise the would-be burglar when sensor lights click on.
- Install motion-sensor security cameras in conjunction with motion sensor lights.
- Don’t hide your key under the door mat. Ensure your spare key is well-hidden, or at a neighbours instead. Even the best security won't deter thieves if you don't LOCK THE DOOR!
- Guard your garage door. Do not leave your opener in your car if parked in your driveway. Consider keeping your garage door opener with you.
- Keep shrubbery around entrances and walkways trimmed. This helps eliminate easy hiding spots for a thief to access your home.
- Make your home look occupied. Use inside-light timers. Have window coverings.
Observe – Record – Report
The RCMP encourages anyone who witnesses suspicious or dangerous activity to contact their office and make a formal complaint.