The Edmonton Crime rate is one of the highest in Canada being above the national average in severity of crimes and violent crime in Edmonton. Much of the country has seen a drop in crime over the past decade, but Edmonton had the third-highest per capita homicide rate in 2011 just behind Winnipeg and Halifax.
In October of 2012, the Edmonton Police Service reported several daytime break and enters in southwest Edmonton. Southwest Division police officers responded to a call regarding a suspicious male who matched the suspect description. After apprehending him, a search of his home turned up stolen property. Constable David Crisp urged residents to, “Take note of the break and enter spree.” He also advised property owners to secure their homes and consider a good home monitoring alarm system.
In 2011, the Edmonton Police Service investigated over 3,800 residential break and enter reports. If you do not want to be a victim, the EPS recommends that you
• Keep your doors locked, even when you are at home
• When you are working in the garage or garden, lock up your house
• Get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood
• Keep your blinds and windows closed at night so people cannot see in
• Trim bushes and trees that could hide potential thieves
• Keep your yard maintained giving your home a lived-in appearance
• Install exterior lights for dark areas around doors, windows and vehicles
• Be aware of suspicious vehicles and strangers
• Look out for neighbors and their property
• Leave your phone number and keys with a trusted neighbor
• Keep up appearances. Well kept properties are less likely to be robbed
• Get involved in your local crime prevention programs
• Invest in a good home alarm system
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and if you would like more information regarding home safety, please visit this page.