Sherwood Park, Alta. – Living in a condominium means sharing space, including building’s entrances, hallways, social areas and parking lots. While these common areas can be useful they can also create security issues, as residents don’t always know who belongs in the building.
It is important that residents are aware of who they are letting into the building. Don’t be afraid to let someone know they will have to contact the person their visiting to gain access to the building.
Many times if a thief gets into a condo building they will go directly to the underground parkade in search of unlocked vehicles or storage areas. Ensure you lock your vehicle and don’t leave valuables in plain sight.
Here are some additional crime prevention tips for keeping yourself and your property safe:
- Never allow strangers into the building as you are entering or exiting. Be aware of suspicious people loitering around the entrance as they may reach for the open door.
- Never buzz anyone you do not know into the building for any reason.
- Get to know other people who live on your floor so you may be able to identify strangers.
- Always lock your door even if you will only be out of your unit for a short period.
- Make a list of your valuables and keep accurate logs, including any identifying factors like serial numbers or engravings.
- Use your peep hole and don’t open the door to strangers.
Please report all suspicious activity to the Strathcona County RCMP Detachment at 780-467-7741 or call 911 for an emergency.