Get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood.  

  • Be aware of strangers and suspicious vehicles, and look out for neighbours and their property.  
  • Leave keys and emergency phone numbers with a trusted neighbour.  
  • Keep up appearances – a well-tended neighborhood is less attractive to criminals and vandals.  
  • Get involved in crime prevention programs.

    When at Home:
  • When working in your yard or garage keep all doors locked.  
  • When in your house, keep your doors locked.  
  • Keep your blinds and/or curtains closed at night so people cannot see in.  

    In Your Yard:  

    Trim trees and bushes that could conceal burglars, specifically around windows and doors.  
  • Keep your yard maintained to give the house a lived-in appearance: keep grass cut, rake leaves, and remove dead branches and debris.  
  • Install additional exterior lights to brighten dark areas around doors, windows, and vehicles.  

    When on Vacation:  

    • Arrange to have your mail picked up and stop delivery of newspapers/flyers.  
    • Remember to have the grass cut, the leaves raked, or the snow removed.  
    • Use timers on a few lamps in rooms where the light will be noticed from outside your house.  
    • Have a neighbour check both inside and outside the house every few days. Ask them to pick up items delivered while you are away.  
    • If you have an assigned parking space or driveway, ask a neighbour to park their car in your space.  
    • Set televisions or radios to play to give the impression that people are home.    

    Courtesy Edmonton  Police Service    



There are two types of parkades:

1) Parkades open to the public. Examples include: hospitals, Stadiums, Libraries or City Centre Malls. These have pedestrian access.

2) Parkades in apartment buildings and condominiums. These have controlled access.Here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe when parking in a parkade:

  • When entering or exiting an apartment or condominium parkade, always wait for the door to close. Watch for anyone sneaking in and call police if necessary.
  • Regardless of where you park your vehicle, do not leave anything in view.
  • Always lock your vehicle to discourage persons from entering and searching your glove box.
  • Carry your registration and insurance with you. Do not leave it in the car. This will protect you against identity theft.
  • Do not leave a garage door opener in your vehicle. This is quite common in Edmonton, as a thief may use it to break into your house while you are away.
  • Theft of vehicle license plates is common. The Edmonton Police Service offers free anti-theft bolts to secure license plates. These are available at any police station.
  • Never leave a spare key in your vehicle.
  • Consider using a "club" to secure the steering wheel if you have an older vehicle without adequate anti-theft features. You can purchase one from an AMA near you (you don't have to be member).
  • Consider your personal safety. Parkades are often dark and deserted. Know what to do if something happens. The best defense against an attack is awareness and action. If faced with an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, leave the parkade and seek assistance.

    Courtesy EPS



Here are some crime prevention tips for keeping yourself and your property safe if you live in an apartment building.

  • Never allow strangers into the building as you are entering or exiting.  Be aware of suspicious people loitering around the entrance as they may reach for the open door.
  • Stay alert when entering your apartment complex. Do not become distracted (i.e. talking on your cell phone). Criminals look for a weak target and are more likely to pass up someone who appears focused, aware, and strong.
  • Never buzz anyone you do not know into the building for any reason.  If someone has a legitimate excuse of being inside the complex area, arrangements would have been previously made with the tenant and/or property owner.
  • Get to know other people who live on your floor so you may be able to identify strangers. Good neighbours look after each other.
  • Report any poor lit areas such as entranceways, hallways, etc. or any overgrown shrubbery around your complex to the property owner.
  • Do not list your full name on the tenant directory board.

Elevator Safety

  • Look to see who is in the elevator before entering.  If someone looks suspicious, do not enter and wait for the next one to come.
  • When inside the elevator, stand near the control panel so you can easily press the alarm/emergency button if necessary.
  • If a suspicious person enters the elevator when you are already on, exit before the doors close.


  • Make sure that all the locks have been changed since the last tenants have moved out, as previous tenants may still have copies of keys.
  • If you lose your keys, immediately replace your locks.
  • Suite doors should have peepholes. If you do not have one, request that the property owner installs one for you.
  • Always lock your door even if you will only be out of your suite for a short period.  It only takes seconds for a criminal to enter your suite through an unlocked door.
  • Collect your newspapers and other packages on a daily basis and never let your mailbox overflow.
  • Keep a broom handle or longer piece of wood in the track of sliding glass doors to prevent exterior doors from being open from the outside.
  • Make a list of your valuables and keep accurate logs, including any identifying factors like serial numbers or engravings.

Courtesy Edmonton Police Service




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