A new online tool, the RCMP Crime Map enables us to share up-to-date information on criminal incidents with members of the communities we serve across the municipality.

Neighbourhood crime isn’t just about numbers; it’s about knowing where crime is happening in our region. This new tool gives residents an opportunity to be an extra set of eyes and ears for the Wood Buffalo RCMP in the communities we serve.

To report suspicious activity, contact the RCMP Administration Line at 780-788-4040.

 

Crime Prevention tips

Home Safety

  • Lock your doors, even when you are home.
  • Ensure your garage door and windows are closed and locked.
  • Install good exterior motion lights around doors and windows.
  • Install a home alarm system.
  • Take measures to make your home look lived in when you’re away – for example, put lights, TVs and stereos on a variable timer or arrange to have your lawn cut by a friend or neighbour.
  • Ensure you close the gate if you have one at the entrance of your property.
  • Ask a neighbour or friend to drive in and out of your driveway if you’re away during the winter. The tracks in the snow will give the appearance that your home.
  • Leave up-to-date emergency contact information with a neighbour or friend.

Source: Alberta Rural Crime Watch, ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca

Vehicle Safety

  • Don’t leave valuables inside your vehicle – this includes GPS devices, laptops, cellphones, wallets and loose change
  • Don’t leave the windows or sunroof open
  • Keep the doors locked and don’t leave the keys inside your vehicle
  • Don’t leave the garage door opener in the vehicle or in plain sight
  • Avoid leaving items out with your personal information on them
  • Move all valuable items into your trunk while in public view
  • Be aware of your surroundings when entering or exiting your vehicle
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Install an auto alarm system
  • Use a steering wheel lock or club

Source: Alberta Rural Crime Watch, ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an approach to crime prevention using physical space to impact criminal decisions and behaviour. The goal is to reduce the opportunities for crime to occur by using CPTED’s four strategies.

Strategy #1: Natural Surveillance
Natural surveillance is a design concept directed at keeping intruders visible by the placement of physical features, activities and people.

Implementing landscape features that allow a clear and unobstructed view of the surrounding area, like windows, lighting and trimmed greenery helps prevent hiding spots and areas that can allow someone to not be seen. Windows, lighting and security cameras increase the chance of exposure — the feeling that someone may be watching makes criminals move on. Criminals do not want to be seen; if they can be seen they can be caught.

Strategy #2: Maintenance
Maintenance proves that the space is being used as it was intended to be, and that someone cares for the property. If a property becomes overgrown or is an area that has broken windows, graffiti or otherwise vandalized – it encourages more vandalism and graffiti.

Strategy #3: Natural Access Control
People are physically guided through space by the strategic design of elements such as ditches,
driveways, gates, fences and paths. This controls access to the site and creates the perception that there is a risk in selecting that property.

Physical and mechanical means of access control, such as locks, alarm systems and video or camera surveillance, can supplement natural access control measures if needed.

Strategy #4: Territorial Reinforcement
Territorial reinforcement is a strategy that shows that there is vested interest or ownership
of the area. People who live or work there care about what happens in that area.

This can be accomplished through landscaping, ditches, fencing, gates, low shrubbery and signage. The result is a perceived increase in the risk of criminal activity being observed, caught and punished.

These four strategies help to make criminal occurrences undesirable or more difficult, leading criminals to choose other locations to commit crime.

CPTED principles can be easy and cost-effective when remodeling or building. Implementing these principles increases safety and improves the appearance of neighbourhoods and
public spaces in our region.

Source: Alberta Rural Crime Watch, ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca

Telemarketing Fraud

Telemarketing fraud can happen to anybody – your family, friends and neighbours could all become victims of this crime. It’s not an isolated or individual crime; it affects us all. Millions of dollars are taken from Albertans every year in relation to telemarketing fraud.

Victims of telemarketing fraud are often embarrassed and ashamed, which is exactly what criminals want. When people are ashamed or embarrassed, they are reluctant to tell anybody about the crime, giving the criminals additional time to victimize even more people. Being embarrassed shouldn’t stop you from reporting this crime to the police. The sooner telemarketing fraud is reported to the police, the sooner the crime can be stopped.

Be aware!

  • Don’t believe everyone who calls with an exciting promotion or investment opportunity.
  • Don’t disclose personal information about your bank accounts, credit cards, addresses, etc., over the phone.
  • Don’t be afraid to hang up.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for documentation to verify a product or investment. But remember; even the unscrupulous have professionally prepared literature, catalogues, invoices, etc.
  • Don’t be pressured into making a decision, any legitimate gift or prize will still be available tomorrow.
  • Do take the time to call a friend, relative, banker or a police agency before making a decision to send money.
  • Do call the police to report any suspicious phone calls or mailings.
  • Do take the opportunity to ask the caller questions about their offer or promotion. No legitimate company will refuse your inquiries. Read about the company before making a commitment.
  • Do ask the company for references from other customers who live in your area.