Leaving town to celebrate New Year's? The RCMP are offering tips to keep the home safe.
The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP say the whole idea is to make it look like someone's home.
"First of all, I'd have someone come and check on my place," said Constable Janice Shoepp. "Whether it be a family member or some like to get their neighbours to do that just to make sure everything's okay."
Other tips include:
- Make sure there are lights on in the evening; programmable lights are available
- Get someone to pick up papers and mail so they don't pile up
- If there's snow, get someone to shovel the driveway and sidewalks
- Lock every entrance to the house
"Something not to do is to post it to social media so everyone can see that you're going to be gone because we don't want people to know that."
There is also the option of having a family member or young neighbour house-sit, staying and living in the home.