Crime prevention is a community endeavour. It requires individuals, neighbours, and communities to watch out for each other and to work with the police. This page is dedicated to encouraging good crime prevention habits within the community of Peace River, tips and information have been provided by the Peace Regional RCMP.
Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) is a unit of the Alberta Sheriffs that helps keep communities safe by dealing with problem properties where illegal activity is happening like:
- drug trafficking
- child exploitation
- gang-related crime
For more information on the SCAN program or to report a suspect property please visit their website.
Home Security Monitoring
The importance of home security can’t be overstated. Whether you live at your rural property full-time or go back and forth between your townhome and your country home, home security monitoring can protect your property, your family, and your peace of mind. It allows you to know who comes to your property, and be notified should someone seek to gain unlawful entrance to your residence. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity, so a good system will deter most would-be thieves.
Meet the Neighbours
Getting to know your rural neighbours can work wonders. They’ll be able to keep an eye on your property when you’re not around, and they can alert you or the proper authorities if they notice any strange activity taking place on your land. Living in an area where everyone looks out for everyone else will definitely keep you, and them, safer.
Lock It Up
It goes without saying that you need to lock up your home when you’re away, but you should also do the same thing when it comes to your garage and storage sheds. Thieves know all of the best areas to look, so they will target places where you might store, for instance, your power tools or your small engine equipment. It might also make sense to put an alarm on your garage and sheds to serve as an extra deterrent for opportunistic criminals.
Ensure Property Looks Lived In
Your property needs to look lived in even when you’re away. If you have more than one vehicle, park one out in the driveway. Install automatic timers so that lights turn on and off at appropriate times. Ensure that your property is well maintained by ensuring that routine jobs, such as mowing the lawn, tending the garden, and picking up the mail, are done. This will obviously be much easier if you have a neighbour who can help out in this regard when you’re away.
Take other measures to make it hard for criminals to get inside your property. This can be accomplished by installing deadbolt locks, yard gates, and motion detection lights.
- License plate theft is also on the rise. Motorists should check their plates regularly to a.) make sure plates are still on the vehicle and b.) know your license plate number (take a picture!) so you can verify that your plate has not been swapped. Motorists should also ensure that all four bolts are tightly secured on the plate and have them replaced and/or tightened if needed.
- Property owners are advised to take photos of their vehicles as well as have VINs on record. If you become the victim of motor vehicle theft these pieces of information can greatly aid in identifying and returning goods to the rightful owner.
- Residents provide the RCMP with local intelligence. Members of the community know when there are strange vehicles in the area, suspicious behaviours being observed or knowledge of attempted crimes. When the RCMP receives this information it assists with the deployment of resources.
- Residents are urged to secure their property – which applies to everything, not only vehicles. Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or activities and report those to police right away. If you encounter an individual on your property do not attempt to chase or subdue suspects. Get as much information as possible about a situation and call the police.
- The first step in protecting your valuables is to lock it up!
- Removing valuables from sight!
- The RCMP encourages members of the community to become part of your local Rural Crime Watch program, Citizens on Patrol and other crime prevention campaigns in the local area.