The Grande Prairie RCMP is offering up tips to residents to help keep them and their property safe as the days get warmer and longer.
Through the principles of what they’re calling “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design”, mounties suggest both residents and business owners can get a leg up on crime prevention by using their yard space in creative ways.
Some of the tips include:
- Install fences and natural barriers on property
- Trim bushes under windows to create clear sightlines
- Exterior doors should open outwards
- Always close gates
- Put locks on windows
- Ensure yard is well-lit
- Ask someone to maintain the property if you will be away
Officials say the changes can be subtle, and some can easily be penned in as part of any summer restoration or backyard renovation work already planned.