Town of Canmore

Lock it or Lose it

Reported Theft Statistic Highlights (RCMP)

The RCMP conduct proactive patrols to increase visibility with strategic deployment of resources targeting specific individuals and/or “hot spots” as required and can be assisted by the District Crime Reduction Unit and detachments General Investigation Section. In 2020, there were some peak times that saw an increase particularly in Thefts and Break & Enters, some or most of these were attributed to prolific offenders traveling through the area. Investigations into these offences led to several suspects being identified and charges laid. 

Category 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 % Change 2019-2020
Break and Enter 33  24  35  31  34 10% Increase
Theft of Motor Vehicle 25  27  34  29  22 24% Decrease
Theft Over $5000 11  11  15 16 19 19% Increase
Theft Under $5000 203  219  286  265  184 31% Decrease

Love your stuff? So do thieves!

Even in a small town like Canmore, theft happens. Don't lose your new bike, nice car, or laptop. We have compiled some tips to help reduce the likelihood of theft. 

Tips to reduce the likelihood of your vehicle being stolen or vandalized
· Never leave a running vehicle unattended.
· Never leave children unattended in a running vehicle.
· Install a remote starter if possible, however, always make sure the vehicle is locked.
· Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.
· Don’t leave your keys in the vehicle, even when filling up with gas.
· Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle. If a garage door opener goes missing at any time, the garage door should be immediately recoded.
· If your keys are stolen, immediately change the locks for the keys that have gone missing, including residences and vehicles.
· Always lock the door leading from a garage into a residence.
· Keep valuables out of sight.
· Close all windows and sunroofs.
· Park in a well-lit and visible area.
· Parking in a locked garage will help safeguard your vehicle.
Reporting suspicious activity
Call 911 when:

·You believe a specific crime is happening

Call the RCMP Complaint Line 403.678.5516 24 hours a day to report:

· Break-ins or thefts where the suspect is gone
· Suspicious vehicle, person, or activities
· Click here to learn more about securing your vehicle


The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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