Crime Prevention Meeting - January 17, 2018 at Meadows Library

In attendance:
Cst. Christopher Hunt (EPS), Nicole Nunes (NET), Landon (NET), Corinna Mulyk, Alicia Heidrick, Kristy Ivans, Carla Virdee, Tricia White, Derek Wynnyk, Ram Gopal Suwal, Myla Suwal

Notes:

  • Constable Hunt described his role as a Community Crime Management Constable
    • We are in sector 3
    • His role is to be aware of crime trends, problem people, problem addresses
    • Reviews all info/events for sector 3
  • We have a low transient population compared to other areas of the city
  • We are a bit more vulnerable because we are very accessible off the Whitemud – thieves can get out fast
  • There are typically only a few houses driving the crime in a given community, i.e. drug houses.
  • Crime usually spikes in September across the city.
  • If related criminal activity doesn’t reoccur in 60 days it is typically gone.
  • Crime indicators: homicide, sexual assault, physical assault, theft, mischief, theft from auto, theft of auto, break and enter (house, shop, garage) – highlighted ones are our biggest indicators.
  • In the last 60 days: Tamarack has had 16 indicators, Maple has had 7 indicators. Five break and enters in last 60 days (total between Tamarack and Maple).
  • Drug related calls are a call for service, but are often related to an indicator.
  •  EPS has finite resources, and our crime indicators are quite low. (Bonnie Doon, Alberta Ave, Boyle Street are some of the highest in the city)
  • In 2017 our neighbourhood got two ‘Community Safety Initiatives’ shifts where extra cars are in the neighbourhood proactively policing.
  • If you are a victim, call it in, even if an officer might not be able to come for 1-2 days as it will show up as an indicator, which is what drives resources to our neighbourhood.
    • Cst. Hunt needs to know in order for him to do anything about it. Report by phone or online for the minor stuff where person or property are not at immediate risk.
  • ACTION: Corinna to develop a facebook post explaining why resident should report crimes online.
  • ​ACTION: Send Cst. Hunt any key information that comes up on the community facebook page or the League becomes aware of to draw his attention to it (i.e., problem addresses or spurts of crime).
  • ACTION: Add to future newsletters the steps when calling 911/police non-emergency line for our residents that don’t speak English well. Google translator can also be used and held up to the phone to help in communicating between languages.
    • Emergency (911) = life in danger, crime in progress
    • ​Non-emergency (780-423-4567) = reporting crime that has already occurred.
  • ACTION: Alicia to give Cst. Hunt the address of our reoccurring problem house.
  • When you report online (i.e., stolen property) you will only get a response if they find it.
  • In order to be able to prove a stolen item is yours, write down the serial numbers for your items; add unique identifying marks such as hidden stickers or dots of nail polish.
  • Best way to deter theft is to put your stuff away, secure it. Theft of property is usually a crime of opportunity.
  • Light up your house, install LED bulbs.
    • Leave your outside lights on
    • Put them on timers
    • Thieves don’t want to be seen so they will avoid a well lit house.
    • Cameras are good to have as well, but expensive. Costco can be reasonably prices for cameras.
  • Put up your security system sign
  • Cameras need to be focused on your property, not your neighbours, i.e. places where there is an expectation of privacy (front yard okay to see neighbours driveway in your camera view, backyard camera looking into neighbours backyard not so much)
  • Know the people on your street - have a block party – know who does and doesn’t belong
  • Watch for:
    • Vehicles circling
    • People looking into cars/checking handles
    • People wandering around late at night
  • Don’t leave your keys in your car, especially if it is running/idling on your driveway
  • Don’t take matters into your own hands over property – all bad guys carry knives.
  • Lock the door between your house and garage
    • It is really easy for a thief to break into your garage
    • Take your garage door opener out of your car
    • Push the lock button on your inside garage door opener so it can’t be opened from the outside (i.e., once you’re in for the night)
    • Run a ziptie through the hole in the quick release, or take off your cord.
  • Abandonned bikes, do a call for service
  • In the spring, focus on getting people to put their stuff away, lock their fence, clean their cameras, clean their lights
  • Target harden your home (see tip sheet)
  • Don’t leave your garage door open if you aren’t in it, so people don’t check out your stuff.
  • Secure bikes, etc. even in your back yard
  • SCAN – can be most successful way to get rid of drug houses – they can do surveillance and then seize the home.
  • Regarding traffic safety around the school, Cst Hunt will try to get more traffic constable help. Can report unsafe driving. Photos and video can be really helpful. Report in person at police station (need your statement witnessed by a constable), and police will follow up with registered owner.