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Canmore RCMP reminds everyone to be safe this holiday season

"Leaving your vehicle idling and unlocked is an invitation to have it stolen ... the best prevention for theft is to not provide opportunities to people looking for an easy target."
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Canmore RCMP members talk to a local cab driver shuttling passengers to and from the downtown during an Alberta Checkstop in Canmore last year. RMO FILE PHOTO

CANMORE – With holidays just around the corner, the Canmore RCMP wants to remind everyone to keep themselves and their property safe.

Touching on checkstops, locking vehicles and being extra vigilant while on the road, Sgt. Stan Andronyk said with so much going on this time of year, it is easy for people to be distracted.

"Everyone is encouraged to slow themselves down and be courteous with other users of the road," wrote Andronyk in a press release. 

"Pedestrians are encouraged to make sure roadways are safe to cross before stepping out on the street. Always make eye contact with vehicle drivers before proceeding to cross the street, even in a marked crosswalk."

He also noted checkstops will be set up in and around the community over the next few weeks to deter and detect impaired drivers.

"Please do not operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs, have a plan in place to get you home safely," Andronyk wrote.

Lastly, the RCMP wanted to remind people to lock their vehicles and do not leave valuables in a vehicle, whether it is locked or not.

"Leaving your vehicle idling and unlocked is an invitation to have it stolen ... the best prevention for theft is to not provide opportunities to people looking for an easy target," Andronyk said.

"Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season."



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