Crime Awareness in Ward 12
As our City continues to grow and change, so must our approaches to combating crime and improving neighbourhood safety. It is clear to me that issues around public safety and crime remain top of mind for residents across Edmonton. I want to ensure that the residents of Ward 12 feel safe and secure in our neighbourhoods.
Edmonton Police Service (EPS) data indicates increases in crime in the last few years; particularly thefts and break-ins. In Ward 12, thieves are literally going door-to-door looking for an unlocked vehicle to gain entry into. As such, it isn't enough to hide items in the console or under the car seats as the thieves are thorough in their search. If you notice someone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles or if you see someone trying car doors - please call the police and report it. Make the right call.
I regularly communicate with the EPS to provide updates on issues in our Ward. In the coming months, my office will be looking to host a Crime Awareness Seminar. Through this seminar, you find out how you can make your home less attractive to theft, and how you and your neighbours can work together for a safer neighbourhood. I hope to develop collaborative action plans to ensure that our communities remain safe.
You can find out more on how to reduce the risk of being a victim of vehicle theft by visiting the Crime Prevention page at www.edmontonpolice.ca, or contact your local EPS Station for more information.
The following are some steps you can take to protect yourself in regards to vehicle/property crime. EPS encourages people to do the following:
Install motion sensor lighting. Illuminate as much of your property as possible.
Remove garage door openers from vehicles
Keep car registrations, insurance papers, and other identifiable personal information on your person.
Never leave any valuables in your car (GPS devices, DVD players, purses, laptops, tools, and money). Engrave unique identifiers on your belongings
Never leave your car running and unattended with the keys in the ignition.
Install an anti-theft device that is highly visible, hard to defeat, or renders the car inoperable. Steering wheel locking devices are the most popular.
Remember if they can’t see it, they can’t steal it.
If you see or encounter something suspicious, call 911 or the non-emergency line at 780-423-4567.
Finally, I’d like to invite you for a drop-in coffee on Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to noon. I will be at the Ellerslie Tim Hortons on 862 Parsons Road SW to chat with residents about City matters or whatever else!