Winter has finally arrived, and with it often comes the escape to warmer climates.

If any Airdronians are planning a vacation to get away from the snow, remember to make arrangements for your home's safety while you're gone.

Within the Alberta RCMP's jurisdiction, there were 333 break-ins to homes in January 2023, and over 4,500 total for the year.

Jennifer Weedmark with the Airdrie RCMP stated they do see thefts like these in the Airdrie area.

"A lot of the time we do see it a lot more on rural properties. However, it doesn't mean that living in an urban area puts you less at risk. So we definitely would suggest to safeguard your home."

Here are some tips to consider to make your home less susceptible to criminal activity according to the Alberta RCMP:

  • Have someone shovel your driveway and check on your residence while you are gone.
  • Use a mail-holding service, or ask a trusted neighbour, family member or friend, to collect any deliveries to your home.
  • Ensure all windows and doors are locked.
  • Disconnect the power to your garage door.
  • Install timers on lights to give the appearance someone is home.
  • Consider installing exterior motion sensor lights and cameras.
  • Consider a home security system.

Also in 2023, 76 reports of mail theft were made in January, and for the year, there were about 700.

When posting your location on social media, exercise caution. To ensure that thieves are unaware that your house is unoccupied, hold off on posting photos and other information about your excursions until you have returned home.

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