Be Assured – CPS is Tackling Crime In Your Neighbourhoodcalgary-police-service-logo3

Over the past few months there have been a lot of posts on social media about crime, in Coventry Hills in particular. Questions are being asked.

  • Is it getting worse?
  • Are CPS doing anything about it?
  • Do I need to be worried?

The short answers are: not really, yes, and no.

Break and Enters (Area 7) 2014-2015 click to enlarge

Break and Enters (Area 7) 2014-2015
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Please note: these figures represent total reported crimes per community; larger/denser communities may have a lower crime rate (crimes per 1000 population)

The NHCA have been in communication with our new Community Resource Officer about the community residents’ concerns and here’s what he has to say:

 Your area has not been specifically targeted. Break and enters happen in all communities. Coventry suffered from a targeted Break and Enter group/individual who operated May – August.  In September the numbers dropped district wide. Good News:  our Break and Enter detectives have been working overtime all summer trying to catch a couple of groups working our area and multiple arrests have taken place over the last couple of weeks, which is reflected in the drop in Break and Enter numbers for September. So far, the arrests made have not been linked directly to Coventry, but CPS is still linking offenders with offences.

Thefts From Vehicles (Area 7) 2014-2015 Click to enlarge

Thefts From Vehicles (Area 7) 2014-2015
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Please note: these figures represent total reported crimes per community; larger/denser communities may have a lower crime rate (crimes per 1000 population)

The reason for increased Police presence over the summer was to flood the area with marked police cars as a deterrent for criminals in the area and to check suspicious persons. Our Crime Analyst was advising on the crime trends all summer and Coventry was made the priority for officers to target.

Generally, Residential Break and Enters are through unlocked doors and open overhead garage doors.  Criminals are also targeting unlocked vehicles on the driveway in hopes to find the overhead garage door opener. The types of people recently arrested [in neighbouring communities] could easily be the culprits responsible for crime in your community as they move from one area to another very easily.

Please assist the Calgary Police Service in deterring crime in your community by taking away opportunities for thieves to exploit.

Everyone needs to practice some basic crime prevention, and just as important: get to know your neighbours! If everyone knows everyone in your street or cul-de-sac, then anyone who shouldn’t be there will be obvious and stand out as suspicious.

 

Crime prevention tips from Calgary Police Service:

  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GARAGE DOORS OPEN. Thieves need only seconds to enter your garage and remove valuable items. Close and secure your overhead garage door when you are in your home, in the back yard or at a neighbour’s.
  • KEEP THE ATTACHED RESIDENTIAL DOOR LOCKED. If your home has an attached garage, ensure that you keep the door into your home locked at all times, even when you are home.
  • KEEP YOUR FRONT, REAR AND PATIO DOORS LOCKED, EVEN WHEN HOME OR IN THE YARD. Thieves sometimes take advantage of opportunities we create. If you are in the back yard working, thieves will sometimes enter through an unlocked front door or attached garage door while you are home in the yard.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE KEYS, WALLET, PURSE OR OTHER VALUABLES NEAR THE FRONT DOOR, BACK DOOR OR OTHER ENTRANCE. Leaving your purse, wallet or keys on a hook or table near your unlocked front door creates an opportunity for thieves to simply reach in and take your valuables in mere seconds.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE(S) UNLOCKED WHEN PARKED OUTSIDE. A common trend for thieves is to walk or ride through a neighbourhood or parking lot, checking door handles. An unlocked door is an invitation for thieves to rummage through your vehicle and take whatever they like.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPENER IN YOUR VEHICLE. If parking outside, remove your garage door opener when you go into your home, or if unable to do so, place it somewhere out of site in your trunk or some other place.
  • CLOSE ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS AT NIGHT. Leaving a window open, even at night when you are asleep, can signal an opportunity to thieves.
  • REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. If a vehicle or person appears out of place, please go with your instincts and call the police. Non-emergency (403)266-1234. Emergency 911.
  • DEVELOP AND STICK TO A ROUTINE OF CHECKING YOUR VEHICLE(S), DOORS AND WINDOWS BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE DAY, OR WHEN YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT.

 

CRO’s advice:

Residents are reminded to call the non-emergency Calgary Police Service number 403-266-1234 to report any suspicious behavior. The police are paid to be bothered with your call, and do not underestimate the importance of at least calling our dispatcher to advise… you never know what could have just happened a block away from where you live. We are working very hard in your community and neighboring communities to make our city a safe place to live. We must work together and not fuel negative comments on social media sites. Some information is true and valid, but the majority of the information is not accurate and causes people concern.

So, if you ever have any concerns about what is happening in your neighbourhood, please register with The Hub (you can do this online at http://www.calgary.ca/cps/Pages/The-Hub.aspx or at our local police station (in the multi-services building opposite Vivo), or call the non-emergency CPS line on 403-266-1234.

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