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Alberta RCMP reminds residents of the 9 p.m. routine

Property crime tend to rise during the summer months

Alberta summers mean late nights with the sun shining bright, however, the Alberta RCMP is reminding residents that it’s still important to remember a nightly routine tp secure properties and prevent theft.

Property crime tend to rise during the summer months.

In July 2023, there were 2,798 reports of Theft Under $5,000 in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions, according to a release.

"Property crimes are often crimes of opportunity, and maintaining a nightly routine can help deter thefts. The '9P p.m. Routine' is a movement followed by police services around the world, encouraging people to follow a nightly checklist to ensure their property is secured."

The following is the RCMP 9 p.m. Routine checklist:
- Lock your doors at night (yes, even if you live in a small town).
- Lock your garage or shed.
- Ensure all yard tools and recreational equipment is safely stored, preferably in a locked garage or shed.
- Remove all keys from vehicles and locking the doors; securely store any off-highway vehicles.
- Consider installing a home alarm; if you already have one, set your alarm before going to sleep.
- Use motion sensor lights on the exterior of your property.

If you have a seasonal property or trailer, there are still 9 p.m. Routine tasks you can follow, such as:

- Using motion sensor lights on your property, especially at the entryways or near your shed or garage.
- Use a hitch lock and ensure it is properly secured.
- Remove the battery from your trailer when you leave for an extended period.
- Ensure all tools and recreational items are securely stored once you are done with them.
- Ensure your vehicle is locked and the keys and garage door opener are removed.
- Ensure your garage or shed is locked each night.

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