You may have noticed, there have been more RCMP cruisers keeping any eye on rural crime here in Foothills County.
In response to concerns about the increasing statistics of rural crime, Foothills County ran an initial three-month pilot program from October to December 2018.
This pilot project increased the RCMP presence in the Foothills with additional officers assigned to the region. The program was a joint project with detachments in Okotoks, Turner Valley and High River.
Property crimes and traffic safety were the focus of the initiative. According to RCMP statistics and community feedback, the initiative was largely successful.
At the January 16, 2019 Council meeting, Foothills County Councillors voted unanimously to extend the enhanced policing strategy for the municipality. Council has committed $150,000 to run the program to the end of 2019.
This program with increased RCMP presence along with increased traffic enforcement is to begin in February.
RCMP will present official statistics from the enhances policing program in March.
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.
A security gate at the entrance to your property is the owner's responsibility. When you provide gate information to Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Center, they provide that information to emergency responders when there is an emergency at your property.
- Provide your gate code or lock box code and details about the gate.
- If a key required for the gate or lock on a chain, provide a lock box from Okotoks/High River Lock & Key (or other source) and place it near the gate.
- Some gate manufacturers set their gates to open at the blast of our sirens (check with your installer).
- If no information about your gate security is available, as a last resort - the Fire department will cut the lock, lift the gate off the hinges, pull the gate open with a chain from the fire truck engine, or various degrees of destruction to gain access. EMS and Police will not have that option. Sometimes they call the Fire Department for assistance when there is no code info on file. The destruction of the gate in the case of an emergency is also the owner's responsibility.
- Remember to let your Alarm Company know if you have a gate and code.
- Keepthe information about your security gate current - remember to update 911 and alarm company with new gate codes.
Register your gate information with our Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Centre. An information note will be added to your address in our Computer-Aided-Dispatch records, so it will come up automatically when you call in, if from a land line. If you call from a cell or VOIP phone, when you give your address and they enter it in, the info will come up in the system as it is attached to your land location and 911 address.
To register with Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Centre: send an email to: Reports@fresc.ca
Include your name, legal address, 911 address, phone number, type of gate and lock details. You will receive an acknowledgement.*
*Please note: Security gate information provided to 911 Foothills Regional Dispatch is confidential and will only be used in case of an emergency.