Panhandlers

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“I’m out of gas, can you spare some change?”

“I am a few dollars short for bus to Victoria or Nanaimo...”

“Can you spare some change for something to eat? I haven’t eaten for days…”

We’ve heard it before.  People understandably give to panhandlers who look hungry, not realizing that much of the money given to them is spent on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. By providing a regular supply of money to panhandlers, we further enable and encourage that lifestyle.

It is not illegal to ask for money, but it is illegal to aggressively beg or intimidate a passerby, to intentionally touch or cause physical contact, to follow or persist in begging after a negative response has been given or obstruct a pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Panhandlers

BE AWARE, ALERT, CONFIDENT & PREPARED TO ACT

You are entitled to your space and do not have to be intimidated or harassed.

  • Do not go into your wallet or purse in front of the panhandlers.
  • Acknowledge a panhandler with a nod and answer the request for money by saying “no”, then walk away.  Don’t get angry or feel guilty.
  • You may also choose not to speak to the panhandler at all, which is okay as long as you have a well thought out plan on how you will conduct yourself in maintaining your confidence during this situation.

ANYONE WHO FEELS THREATENED, OR INTIMIDATED SHOULD CALL THE POLICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

  • Give the description of the panhandler
  • Location of occurrence
  • Time of occurrence
  • Direction of travel (with vehicle description of possible)
  • Be willing to assist police with prosecution if necessary

 



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
VOR 1N0
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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