Waterloo Regional Police To Take Part in Crime Prevention Week

Posted on Friday November 03, 2017

Waterloo Region, Ontario The Waterloo Regional Police Service is pleased to take part in Ontario’s annual Crime Prevention Week, which runs from November 5, 2017 to November 11, 2017.

The week-long promotion of crime prevention is supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and all police services across Ontario.

This week, Waterloo Regional Police will be working with government, community groups and social service providers to promote crime prevention as a shared responsibility in our community.

This year’s theme for Crime Prevention Week is Building Safer Communities Together. Throughout the week, Waterloo Regional Police will be focusing on how the community can get involved and help prevent break-and-enters and thefts.

The number of break and enters (including residential, commercial and theft from vehicles) in our area continues to rise with 2,122 occurring from January, 2017 to October, 2017. This is compared to an average of 1,785 reports from the same period in other years. From October 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017, we have received a total of 144 reports of theft from vehicles.

“We want community members to take steps to protect themselves and their valuables,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police “Preventing crime is a shared responsibility and involves everyone working together to make our neighbourhoods safe.”

To encourage community participation in crime prevention strategies, officers will be out this week reminding residents to:

  • Ensure vehicles are locked and windows rolled up
  • Ensure doors and garages are locked and secured
  • Remove money, electronics or other valuables (including Christmas gifts) from view
  • Remind neighbours to lock their homes and vehicles and keep watch over the neighbourhood
  • Check surroundings and report any suspicious activity immediately 

A social media campaign will also be launched this week entitled #homeSAFEhome, encouraging community members to tell us what safety measures they take to prevent break and enters. Those who take part will be entered into a contest to win a free visit from one of our certified CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) officers. A CPTED design is used to ensure a building is designed in a way that will reduce incidences of crime. A CPTED design considers such things as:

  • Landscape designs that provide surveillance to points of entry
  • Window placement and window dressings
  • Lighting design/placement
  • Home maintenance

As President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Larkin added that “Many times, thefts from vehicles or homes are a crime of opportunity. The key is to take that opportunity away.”

For crime prevention tips and additional safety information visit www.wrps.on.ca

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno, Media Relations Coordinator

Waterloo Regional Police Service

Cherri.Greeno@wrps.on.ca

(519) 570-9777 ext. 8773

 

Alana Russell, Corporate Communications Coordinator

Waterloo Regional Police Service

Alana.Russell@wrps.on.ca

519-570-9777 ext. 8716

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