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HotspotSummer is new social media program for RCMP

Alberta RCMP develop social media campaign to help address rural crime this summer.

Alberta RCMP members are spotlighting common crimes taking place in detachment areas around the province this summer and are hoping to help Albertans keep themselves and their property safe through #HotSpotSummerAB.

Through this campaign, followers on Alberta RCMP social media channels are able to see what crime types are commonly taking place in their area and get tips on the ways they might deter would-be thieves.  Through the Alberta RCMP App, individuals can explore the interactive crime map. The crime map indexes reports of crime and highlights what types of crimes have taken place. Reporting crimes is important, as these reports tell RCMP where crime hotspots are and influence future patrols and policing initiatives, says the RCMP's HotSpotSummer campaign spokesperson Carolyn McTighe. 

Albertans are encouraged to report all crime through the Online Crime Reporting platform or to their local detachment. 

This year, RCMP have seen an increase in auto thefts from Blackfalds, Fort Vermilion, High River and Vegreville detachment areas, says McTighe.

"Police are tailoring their approach to include targeted patrols in these areas," she said, adding that residents can help reduce the numbers by making it tougher for criminals to find opportunities. "Ensure that your vehicles are locked and that keys are not in the ignition, even if you’ll be away for 30 seconds."

Theft from motor vehicles has been a common occurrence in Brooks, Edson, Killam and Ponoka detachment areas, this year.

"We know that no one asks to be a victim of crime. Let’s work together to deter would-be criminals. Always remove all valuables from inside your car including wallets, change, sunglasses and keys," she said.

Leaving things like tools and toys around yards makes it easy for thieves to take what they want, McTighe said, pointing to a recent increase of theft under $5,000 files being reported this year at  Cold Lake, Hanna, Leduc and Valleyview detachments.

"These areas should be particularly mindful of what is around for thieves passing by," she said.