Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Committee

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Six ways you can become a partner in preventing crime

1. Take the time for family and friends.
Being an active part of a supportive network can help prevent crime, contribute to community development, and build community safety. It can also help you deal with victimization should a crime occur.

2. Get involved in constructive activities for youth.
Youth need adult friends who are positive role models. Getting involved with youth in activities that build self-confidence and self-esteem leave them less vulnerable to criminal activity and exploitation. In helping young people to learn new skills, we can also learn something about ourselves.

3. Help develop crime prevention strategies locally.
Adopting a proactive crime prevention strategy will permit you to focus on the key contributing factors linked to crime in communities. For example, programs addressing parenting skills, drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, and literacy will let you get at the root causes of crime to ensure your crime prevention efforts will have a lasting positive impact on your community.

4. Reduce the opportunities for crime.
People have a lot more power to prevent crime than they may think. While you can't entirely prevent theft, you can reduce the likelihood of its occurrence. For example, purchases and cameras should never be left in open view to tempt a thief. And, of course always lock your car. When you are traveling, ask your neighbours to pick up your mail and newspapers. When neighbours help each other, signals are not left for burglars that a home is vulnerable to theft. Join the Block Watch Program. Neighbours developing a strong sense of community is one step towards creating a safe society.

5. Call the police if you suspect a crime is being or has been committed.
You don't have to have hard evidence. The police will determine if there is a problem. Call if you suspect burglary, drug activities, vandalism or other crimes - the police need and want your assistance. Never hesitate to seek help if you have been a victim of crime. Your call for help may aid in preventing someone else from being victimized. Contact your local community policing office to learn how you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

6. Join your local Crime Prevention Programs or Community Consultative Group.
Taking action in your community is extremely important. By getting involved and participating in crime prevention organizations that build healthy communities, people can feel less vulnerable. Community members can determine their own futures and ensure their communities are safe places in which to live.

We all have a part to ensure community safety. Crime is not a government problem, it is not a police problem, it is not the victim’s problem.

Crime becomes a problem when we choose to do nothing.

For more information, please contact:

Cowichan Region Community Policing
6060 Canada Avenue
Duncan BC V9L 1V3
(250) 701-9146

Contact Us

Duncan/North Cowichan Community Policing & Crime Prevention Office
#3 - 149 Canada Avenue
Duncan BC V9L 1T4
Phone: 250-701-9145
Fax: 250-701-9147
Manager: 250-701-9146

Cowichan Bay Community Police & Crime Prevention Office
1721 E Cowichan Bay Road
Cowichan Bay BC
Phone: 250-701-0961
Fax: 250-701-9160

Chemainus Community Police & Crime Prevention Office
9847 Willow Street
Chemainus BC VOR 1K0
Phone: 250-246-4382
Fax: 250-246-9174

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About Warmland Cops

Community Policing is a collaborative effort between law enforcement (RCMP) and the community to identify problems of crime and disorder and involve all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems.
We invite you to have a look at our website and seize the opportunity that waits for you.
From Citizens on Patrol to SpeedWatch or Coastal Watch, there is sure to be a section where you will find your niche. You can be an active part of creating a safe community.