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Protect your home and your belongings. Police urge Albertans to start the 9 PM Routine

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From Alberta RCMP: It will take about 2 months to form a life-long habit

Alberta RCMP sends nightly notifications at 9 p.m.

Alberta RCMP has been sending nightly notifications on their social media accounts to remind citizens to follow the #9PMRoutine. The #9PMRoutine is a movement that is supported by police forces across the world. People are encouraged to follow a routine checklist every night to double check their property is locked up and safe.

A common question from the public is, “Why should I do this?” Property crimes are often crimes of opportunity and small things like locking doors and turning on lights can deter criminals. 

Last summer (June to August 2018) there were close to 36,000 property-related incidents in RCMP jurisdiction and almost 50 per cent of all reported bicycle thefts occurred in the summer months. 

Here are some ideas to include in your 9 p.m. routine:

·         Turn on outside lights at night

·         Lock your doors

·         Put away toys and bikes in a locked, safe location

·         Put away tools when you’re finished with them 

·         Put away outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers and weed trimmers

·         Lock up off-highway vehicles (ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.)

·         Double check vehicles are locked and keys are removed

Depending who you talk to, forming a habit can take anywhere from 21 to 66 days. This is why Alberta RCMP will be posting every night for two full months. By remembering to lock up and secure your property, you’re helping to create a safer Alberta.

Join the movement by using #9PMRoutine and following our social media accounts on Twitter (@RCMPAlberta) and Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta).

If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police service. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Downtown Red Deer Car Boot Sale

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From the Red Deer Downtown Business Association

Think of the Downtown Car Boot Sale like a garage sale, but without the garage!

Load up your car, truck, or van with any items from your house that you wish to sell (or that you would normally put out in a garage sale) and come down to Little Gaetz Avenue on event day.

To be a vendor at the Downtown Car Boot Sale, just complete the vendor application form on our website:

htps://downtownreddeer.com/events/downtown-red-deer-car-boot-sale/

Booths are $10 (maximum of two).

Everyone is invited to shop the Downtown Car Boot Sale!  It is an open street event.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

DEADLINE IS JULY 23, 2019

For information on things happening downtown visit,

www.downtownreddeer.com

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Lacombe’s “Chairs for Charity” exploding in popularity

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Lacombe's chairs for charity

Thank you to NOWCO HOME HARDWARE IN LACOMBE for submitting this post

NOWCO HOME HARDWARE’S 2NDANNUAL CHAIRS FOR CHARITY

Nowco Home Hardware has organized Chairs for Charity for the 2ndyear and it will run from July 19-31. The project started last year as a collaboration of downtown businesses to decorate downtown during Lacombe Days and raise money for a local charity. In 2018, forty five downtown businesses each bought and painted a chair to raffle off. The chairs were left on display during the 4 days of Lacombe Days and over $3100 was raised for the lunch program at J.S. McCormick School.

This year Deanna Nowochin, who has spearheaded the event wanted things to be bigger and better, so all Lacombe businesses were invited to participate in the event. This year there will be 75 chairs on display around Lacombe from July 19-31. The event was extended this year to ensure there was ample time for people to hear about Chairs for Charity and purchase tickets. The charities benefitting from 2019’s project are Lacombe Minor Football and the breakfast program at Terrace Ridge School.

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This year we have 2000 tickets available, with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each and can be purchased at any participating business. You can see a full list of participating businesses and photos of their chairs at www.chairsforcharitylacombe.comor by searching “Chairs for Charity Lacombe” on Facebook.

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