For Immediate Release / April 28, 2020

RCMP - Property Crime - Crime Prevention

St. Albert RCMP are reminding citizens to remove valuables and lock up their vehicles as part of the "Lock It Up" #9PMRoutine project, which was launched last spring in the community.  Last week, RCMP received 9 "Theft from Motor Vehicles" calls in a 24 hour period, 7 in the Lacombe Park and one each in the neighbouring sub-divisions of Mission and Deer Ridge.  St. Albert RCMP are committed to the safety and security of it's citizens but officers need help from residents to help prevent such property crime from occurring.  Removing the opportunity for the crime to happen is the easiest way to help.  Following the steps of #9PMRoutine are simple.

The #9PMRoutine steps:

  • It's 9 p.m., did you remove all your valuables from your vehicle?
  • Did you close the windows and lock your vehicle(s)?
  • Did you park inside the garage?
  • Is your garage door closed and all house doors locked?
  • Are our house windows shut?
  • Have you turned on an exterior light?

Spring is also a great time for home and business owners to follow the three “L” principle of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED); Locks, Lighting and Landscaping. 

Things to consider regarding CPTED when planning yard and summer projects/vacations:

  • Installing a gate or fence around your property to help make it obvious when someone enters in an inappropriate spot.
  • Planting prickly plants, like raspberries or roses, to deter criminals from entering through those areas.
  • Maintaining/trimming hedges & trees so there are clear sight lines around the property (home & business owners do not want "blind" spots for individuals to hide).
  • Installing lighting, sensor lighting and timers to help illuminate property (interior & exterior).
  • Install locks and video/security systems.
  • Keep doors & windows locked.
  • Ask someone to maintain the property if you are away.
  • Do not advertise your last name on house.

"Everyone has a role to play in keeping our community safe", says Insp. Pam Robinson.

If anyone has information regarding any crime, they are asked to contact the St. Albert RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700 or their local police.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play

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Last edited: April 28, 2020