Message from Councillor Andrew Knack Regarding Property Crime (August 4, 2017)
I heard from a number of people about the increase in break-ins. I spoke with some people who had not reported the break-in and encouraged them to file a report. Unlike other City departments, Council does not have the ability to direct the police as the Edmonton Police Commission serves as the oversight body. Therefore when it comes to deciding where to patrol, EPS will focus on where they are seeing spikes in reporting. If they aren't hearing from a particular area, it is unlikely they will spend much time in that area on patrol. Therefore it is very important to report any crime, even if you don't think it's worth it, so that they are aware of what is going on in the community.
As of February 2017, the Secord Community League has a Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador and Representative. Thomas can be reached at email@example.com. If you have an interest in Crime Prevention please email Thomas.
An opportunity to learn about Crime Prevention is to attend #CoffeewithENW. (Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch). Their Program Director offers a chance to meet up to answer your questions about community safety and offer resources. More information and events available on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/edmontonwatch/
What can we do to improve neighbourhood safety?
We encourage you to be alert, get to know your neighbors and report any suspicious activities and crimes to the proper authorities.
Here is what we can do as a community:
1. Get to know your neighbors. Knock on their door and introduce yourself or organize a block party. If you know who belongs in the neighbourhood, you'll be able to better spot the people that don't belong.
2. Keep your eyes open. If you notice something fishy, ask questions or report it.
3. Keep all valuables out of your car, remove all items of importance including your garage door opener and remove any loose change. If possible, park in your garage. Post an "All Valuables Removed" sign in your car window.
4. Many people neglect to lock the door going from the garage into the house. Let's keep this one locked too.
5. If you are a victim of a crime, REPORT IT to EPS by calling their non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or call 911 if the crime is in progress. Edmonton Police Services (EPS) can only increase patrol if they know about the issues.
Walk the Block Program
We are looking for volunteers for the Walk the Block Program. More information about this initiative can be found at this link: http://enwatch.ca/walk-your-block/.
Visit the Neighbourhood Crime Map website which provides valuable information about crime activity in our neighborhood.
How to Report a Crime?
Did you know you can report certain crimes online. Visit www.edmontonpolice.ca/reportacrimeonline.
- Lost Property
- Damage/Mischief to Property
- Theft from Vehicle, under $5,000
- Damage/Mischief to Vehicle, under $5,000.
Call 9-1-1 for an emergency or a crime in progress.
For any non-emergencies, please dial #377 from a mobile device or 780-423-4567 from a landline (or mobile device).
Speeding and Yielding to Pedestrians
Please don't speed and yield to pedestrians.