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Crime Prevention for Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

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March 27, 2020

As businesses close and are sending staff home, this will mean that businesses are empty and there are fewer “eyes on the street” to notice and report suspicious activity to the RCMP. The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, in partnership with the RCMP,  would like to remind businesses to consider the following crime prevention tips during this time:

  • In addition to exterior lights, keep the lights on inside so that when the RCMP are doing their patrols at night, they can see inside your business. Also, remove anything, like posters, retail display racks and similar, from the windows as to not obstruct the view into your business.
  • Remove all cash and receipts. Don’t leave donation boxes on the front desk, cash boxes with “floats”, or safes at your business. Empty out cash registers and leave them open or put the empty cash try out to show there is nothing in it.

    Full Astragal on an Exterior Door

  • Remove client or staff personal information that could be stolen and used for identity theft.
  • Don’t leave any valuables visible or accessible. Remove computers, projectors, and other valuables from your office and take them home.
  • Remove all alcohol products from display and put the inventory in a locked storage area, or remove it from the premises.
  • Consider posting an “All Valuables & Cash Removed” sign on your door.
  • Remove material around the exterior of the property, such as wood pallets, bricks, ladders, or metal poles, that may be used to gain entry.
  • To increase security, consider installing security film on accessible windows and glass doors to increase glass integrity from blunt force, and we always recommend full astragals on exterior doors to discourage the use of tools to pry open the door. Also, exterior doors  should be adjusted so there isn’t a gap for a tool, such as a crow bar, to be easily inserted.
  • Ensure the emergency contact list is up to date on any alarm monitoring system.
  • Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business. Consider not doing this on a regular schedule so observers cannot figure out an established pattern.
  • And if you are working from home, you may wish to check out our “Crime Prevention For Your Home During the COVID-19 Crisis” for safety tips for your home.

Should you want any further information on how to secure your business while you are shut down, please don’t hesitate to visit our website, call us at 403-986-9904, or email us at [email protected].

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Click to experience 2021 Festival of Trees online!

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Red Deer Festival of Trees 2021 is dedicated to providing funding for critical operating room equipment. Having access to new and replacement equipment for the OR will improve the patient experience and reduce wait times for life-saving surgeries, allowing our friends and family to remain close to home during their procedures.

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REBELS ANNOUNCE ‘FESTIVAL WEEKEND’ IN SUPPORT OF 2021 FESTIVAL OF TREES

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News Release from The Red Deer Rebels

The Red Deer Rebels are proud to announce “Festival Weekend” on November 26 and 27, in support of the 2021 Festival of Trees!

Festival of Trees, hosted by the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, will support critically needed equipment in the operating room at Red Deer Regional Hospital to help provide a higher level of service to Central Albertans.

Beginning Wednesday November 24 at 9 a.m., a five-day progressive 50/50 inclusive of both weekend Rebels home games, will support the 2021 Festival of Trees and RDRHF, Rebels Foundation for Education and Wellness, and the Rotary Club of Red Deer. Sales close at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. Tickets can be purchased at Rebels5050.com.

Help support the 2021 Festival of Trees by using promo code “TREES21” to purchase your tickets via Tickets Alberta, for either the November 26 or 27 Rebels games. The Rebels will donate $7 from every adult ticket and $4 from every youth ticket back to the Festival of Trees. The promo code is available for online purchases only.

Fans can visit the Festival of Trees during the intermission of both weekend games and view all trees available for auction. Fans can also show their ticket for free entry to the Festival all weekend.

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