Calgary may be touted as one of the safest cities in Canada, but it would be foolish to say that the city is completely devoid of crime. In fact, property crime like breaking and entering homes or shops is not uncommon in the city. Calgary has also been experience significant amount of vandalism with cars, homes and other private properties being affected.
If you live in a neighborhood that has been experiencing a spate of crime, you can do more than just depend on the Calgary Police force for protection.
Start a Neighborhood Watch
The neighborhood watch is an effective way for the community to encourage a safe environment. Get in touch with the Calgary Police Department and a security service so that you can build an efficient and community friendly neighborhood watch. The greatest challenge in creating a neighborhood watch is organizational, like how does it fit within the community and how can everyone be encouraged to contribute.
It is vital to understand that the sole job of a neighborhood watch is to observe and look for any suspicious activity. If anything is spotted, the Calgary Police should immediately be called.
Light up the Neighborhood
Ensure all areas of your neighborhood are lit up in night. Criminals favor poorly lit places simply because they like the cover of darkness for their illegal activities. Additionally, a well lit location can be very effective in identifying a criminal’s identity if ever an attack does take place.
Install a Security System
A security system can enhance the security of the neighborhood and increase the capabilities of the neighborhood watch. Homes can be equipped with sensors to alert the neighborhood watch of any break-ins. A video monitoring system can be an effective way to have eyes on the neighborhood 24/7, and it can record any crime that take place. This can help the Calgary Police force track down the criminals.
Hire onsite Security
Hiring onsite security can be good option if your neighborhood can’t set up a neighborhood watch, or if the neighborhood watch needs professional assistance. The police takes time to respond to the call, however, an onsite security personnel is there to tackle the situation at hand.
You also have the option to hire a security patrol if your neighborhood is quite large.
Fencing and warning signs can discourage trespassing. By everyone taking part in this activity, your neighborhood can make it known that it is on watch against criminals and breaking and entering.
Know the People
It is vital for everyone in the community to know each other. This can help in basic aspects of knowing if a particular person is criminal or a neighbor’s family member, or helping identify unusual activity that stands out.
When criminal activity strikes your neighborhood, it may seem like your community is defenseless, but it is not. Steps can be taken to secure your neighborhood and ensure that everyone is safe.