For anyone leaving their home for the hoildays they need to have a few precautions in place.
High River RCMP Staff Sergeant Robin Alexander says the best possible thing you could do is have a house sitter.
"If you don't have that make sure you have someone swing by," said Alexander. "Make sure the walks are cleaned off, that the newspapers are picked up off the front step and you have lights on timers or you have something to give the impression that someone is still in the residence."
Alexander says a security system might not prevent a break in but it can help catch the criminals.
"It doesn"t necessarily prevent the break-ins but helps the police catch who broke in after the fact, certainly the cameras do."
He also advises people who see behaviour they think might be suspicious to call police.
"We catch a surprising number of people just on suspicious people calls so look out for your neighbours if they are out of town."
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