The Calgary Police Service offers the following tips to help protect your property:

Home and garage break-in prevention

  • • Keep your doors locked, even when you’re home. Ensure your garage doors and windows are also closed and locked.
  • • Install exterior motion lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows, to make them easily seen by neighbours and passersby.
  • • Lock all garage doors, including the one between an attached garage and the house.
  • • Always close and lock any windows that could be used to gain access to your home while you’re away or sleeping, even on hot summer nights.
  • • Store important or irreplaceable documents and items away from your home, such is in a safety deposit box.
  • • If you see homes with open doors, front doors with keys left in the locks or a neighbour’s car with the trunk left open, give them a quick call to let them know.
  • • Consider installing home and vehicle alarm systems and vehicle anti-theft devices.

Vehicle theft and car prowling prevention

  • • Garage openers should not be left in vehicles, as thieves can use them to gain entry into a home.
  • • Avoid parking in unlit areas at night.
  • • Lock your doors and close all windows.
  • • Hide your valuables out of sight, or better yet, take them with you.
  • • Don’t keep extra keys in your vehicle.

It is also important to take proactive measures when leaving your home for extended periods of time

  • • Make your home looked lived in. Put lights, radios and TVs on variable timers. If you’re leaving a vehicle outside your house, have a neighbour move it periodically. Arrange for lawn and garden upkeep.
  • • Either cancel newspapers, mail and other delivery items or have a trusted neighbor collect them for you while you are away.

Always call police if you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.