Safer Communities: An Ounce of Prevention

Ward 12 is well represented by several very strong Community Associations.  Community Associations bring together a fabulous group of internal and external stakeholders with important information for the community.  I have always found the Calgary Police Service report on crime in the community very fascinating.

Here is a breakdown of some of the information recently presented for a number of Community Association meetings:

Crime Statistics for: Cranston

Offence July 2015
Break and Enter – House 3
Break and Enter – Shop 0
Break and Enter – Other 0
Theft of Vehicle 2
Theft from Vehicle 12
Vandalism 3
1 of 3 break-ins had unlocked doors and used garage door opener.
Car Prowling – 9 out of 12 reports had unlocked doors.

 

 
Offence August 2015
Break and Enter – House 7
Break and Enter – Shop 0
Break and Enter – Other 0
Theft of Vehicle 2
Theft from Vehicle 8
Vandalism 4
3 of 7 break-ins had unlocked doors.
Car Prowling – 5 out of 8 reports had unlocked doors.

 

 

Crime Statistics for: Auburn Bay

Offence July 2015
Break and Enter – House 3
Break and Enter – Shop 0
Break and Enter – Other 1
Theft of Vehicle 1
Theft from Vehicle 3
Vandalism 4
3 of 3 break-ins had unlocked doors.
Car Prowling – 1 out of 3 had unlocked doors.

 

 
Offence August 2015
Break and Enter – House 2
Break and Enter – Shop 0
Break and Enter – Other 1
Theft of Vehicle 0
Theft from Vehicle 9
Vandalism 2
1 of 3 break-ins as a result of unlocked door.
Car Prowling –3 out of 9 had unlocked doors, 5 were unknown methods of entry.

 

 

Crime Statistics for: Mahogany

Offence July 2015
Break and Enter – House 1
Break and Enter – Shop 0
Break and Enter – Other 0
Theft of Vehicle 2
Theft from Vehicle 9
Vandalism 0
Break-in as result of unlocked door.
Car Prowling – all unknown method of entry with no damage.  Believed to be unlocked doors.

 

 
Offence August 2015
Break and Enter – House 1
Break and Enter – Shop 0
Break and Enter – Other 1
Theft of Vehicle 2
Theft from Vehicle 5
Vandalism 0
Break-in as result of unlocked door.
Car Prowling –3 out of 5 had unlocked doors.

 

 

Crime Statistics for: Copperfield

Offence July 2015
Break and Enter – House 1
Break and Enter – Shop 2
Break and Enter – Other 0
Theft of Vehicle 0
Theft from Vehicle 3
Vandalism 3
Car Prowling – 1 out of 3 had an open window

 

 
Offence August 2015
Break and Enter – House 3
Break and Enter – Shop 4
Break and Enter – Other 3
Theft of Vehicle 1
Theft from Vehicle 6
Vandalism 3
3 of 3 break-ins had unlocked doors.
Car Prowling –5 out of 6 had unknown method of entry with no damage.  Believed to be unlocked doors.

 

 

Crime Statistics for: New Brighton

Offence July 2015
Break and Enter – House 5
Break and Enter – Shop 1
Break and Enter – Other 0
Theft of Vehicle 1
Theft from Vehicle 8
Vandalism 1
3 out of 5 break-ins had unlocked doors.
Car Prowling – 6 out of 8 had unlocked doors.

 

 
Offence August 2015
Break and Enter – House 1
Break and Enter – Shop 1
Break and Enter – Other 1
Theft of Vehicle 1
Theft from Vehicle 3
Vandalism 2
Break-in as result of unlocked door.
Car Prowling –2 out of 3 had unlocked doors.

 

 

I have a couple of key takeaways from the data above.  First, I am very grateful that so many communities in Ward 12 have relatively low rates of crime in comparison to other communities in Calgary.  Second, I am astonished at how many crime incidents are preventable.

A dramatic percentage of home and vehicle break-ins are entirely preventable.  Many of these incidents occur when a car or a home have been left unlocked.  Our colleagues at the Calgary Police Service routinely offer these tips to Calgarians:

  • Lock everything, including the man door between an attached garage and house
  • Remove all items which may attract criminals from your car. Items to consider are phones, sunglasses, cash, garage door openers, etc.
  • Car prowling often lead to break-ins. If you notice suspicious activities in your community, be sure to contact the police.

You can read more pointers from the Calgary Police Service here.

CPS

I recently had a conversation with a police officer about the amount of time spent on responding to incidents that were largely avoidable.  The officer mentioned that a break-in can require a minimal time commitment of 3 hours for a responding officer.  This time includes attending the scene, generating a report and any follow up required.

As students return to school the need for a greater police presence on our residential streets is increasingly apparent.  If Calgarians follow some of the tips above, we can allow our officers to focus on other tasks that make a tremendous difference in our communities.  The preventative measures with community crime are quite simple; we can all be a part of the solution!