Lock it or you may lose it.

That’s the message Calgary police are sharing with south Calgary residents under a new public awareness campaign designed to cut down on the amount of house break and enters, which police say is on the rise across the city.

“We were alarmed at the number of break and enters where, (in) a lot of them, the victim could have protected themselves if basic precautions were taken,” Const. Ian McCaughtrie said.

McCaughtrie and Const. Lena Chernecki spearheaded the campaign through District 8 and if officers find a home unsecured they will make attempts to locate the owner.

“If we don’t find anyone we will leave a ‘Keep It Locked’ door hanger inside or with the home to remind them,” Chernecki said, adding the hanger won’t be visible to strangers.

Sundance resident Wally Shirak welcomes the program to his neighbourhood.

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