A lot of families take summer holidays, but those taking holidays need to take pre-cautions to prevent any crime happening at their home. 

The local RCMP is wanting to make sure we all take the proper steps when heading out on holidays.

"If you can let your neighbours know, a neighbour that you trust, that you're heading out on vacation and you'll be gone for two weeks and to watch out for the place. Then likewise, when they go on vacation you would do the same for them," stated Staff Sergeant, Kevin Charles.

"The idea there is if you're watching out for your neighbours (and) you see suspicious people on foot or in vehicles hanging out in your neighbourhood, you kind of have an idea of who belongs and who doesn't, please call the police and we'll check it out," he noted.

Unfortunately, times are changing with more and more crimes happening in and around our valley.

"The small town mentality is leave your door unlocked, leave your vehicle unlocked and nothing will be bothered, but unfortunately criminals are taking advantage of that kindness and trust of small town people," outlined Charles. "We have to change out mind set to lock everything up. Put your valuables away or they could be gone."

Some safety prevention tips to keep your property safe while you are away is to keep your blinds drawn shut, leave lights on to make it appear someone is home and don't announce vacations on social media.

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