In recent months, the Calgary Police Service has noticed a slight increase in car prowling’s and break and enter crimes in the Signal Hill Community. These crimes have involved the stealing of bikes, electrical goods, sports equipment, and even small change. In a high percentage of these cases, the vehicles were left unlocked and/or garages were insecure and man doors unlocked. Valuables and other property have been left on view in vehicles and in open garages before being taken. Also there is a clear link between vehicles being prowled and the garage opener being stolen then used to enter the garage. This is very popular with offenders and can easily be avoided through implementing crime prevention strategies.
As a property owner you have a responsibility to keep your property safe and secure. The Calgary Police Service has been successful in arresting offenders through proactive investigations and this stems the activities for a while but then soon after the crimes start to go up again. We have assigned extra patrol resources into communities, fanned out media strategies, attended community events and meetings and used social media to get the message across. We cannot drop our guard and with simple prevention tips we can reduce the instances of these crimes happening. We have received amazing information from the community to assist us in dealing with this criminal activity but we are still seeing common mistakes that are allowing and assisting offenders to target the Signal Hill Community and create victims of crime.
Here are some crime prevention tips to help make you and your property safer and reduce the risk of being a victim of crime:
Crime Prevention & Reporting
How to Report Crime
Reporting crimes committed against you or someone else is an important part in helping to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe. If you have information about a crime that has been or may be committed or about someone involved in committing a crime, your information may help the police solve crimes and prevent future crimes from happening. Find out how to report a crime.
Calgary Police Service Online Police Report System
For all emergencies, or crimes in progress, call 9-11. Traffic collisions, robberies (theft with violence), house break and enters, domestic disputes and thefts of vehicles must be reported in person or via the police non-emergency line (404) 266-1234. Crimes that can be submitted online include Canada Revenue Agency/Immigration scams; damage/mischief to property; damage/mischief to vehicle; drug tips; lost property; theft; theft from vehicle. Report a crime.
Calgary Police Service – The Hub Messaging System
The Hub Messaging System is a community automated notification system that delivers vital information to residents and business owners within the City of Calgary. The Hub Messaging System utilizes sophisticated software by strategically sending information to a selected geographic area made possible through a community member sign-up webpage. Messages will be prepared and delivered by the Calgary Police Service through email, voice, and text messaging. Message types and user delivery profiles can be tailored to meet the needs and preferences for each registered community member. Community members can choose to change their profile or unsubscribe at any time. Register for The Hub.
Build a Great Neighbourhood
Preventing residential break-and-enters doesn’t mean looking out for just your own home — it covers your whole neighbourhood. The first step you can take to prevent crime in your neighbourhood is to work together. Download tips for working as a neighbourhood.
Credit and Debit Card Fraud
It takes just seconds to become a victim of credit card or debit card fraud — and it can take a lot longer to repair the damage done to your finances. The most common way people fall victim to this type of fraud is by losing a credit or debit card with an easily compromised personal identification number (PIN), or through the counterfeiting of a credit card that is temporarily out of the owner’s hands (the thief may copy the information from the credit card and use it to make a duplicate card). Download tips for protecting yourself from fraud.
Traffic Service Requests
If it’s an emergency, there’s an incident currently in progress (such as witnessing an impaired driver) or there’s an immediate danger to someone, call 9-1-1. If your concern is regarding parking, signage, temporary barriers or transit, contact the city at 3-1-1. Otherwise, for speeding issues, school/playground zones, trucks/commercial vehicles, pedestrian safety issues, intersection safety issues, motorcycle issues or illegal turns, you can submit a traffic service request online. Submit a traffic service request.
Playing it Safe
While Calgary is a very safe city, it’s important that parents make sure their children know some basic safety rules before they start exploring the neighbourhood with their friends. Download tips for safe play for kids and parents.
Pedestrian Safety for Seniors
As people get older, their vision may diminish, reflexes may slow and the ability to move quickly and agilely may decrease. It can take longer to cross roads and becomes harder to deal with situations that require evasive action. Download tips for elderly pedestrians.
Pedestrian Safety Brochure
A vehicle strikes a pedestrian, on average, once every day on our streets. Safety on Calgary streets requires both pedestrians and motorists to take responsibility to look out for each other. Download tips for motorists and pedestrians.
Internet & Email Crime Prevention
Internet Safety Phishing
What would you do if you received an email message like this: “During our regular verification of accounts, we could not confirm your information. Please click here to update and verify.” The request looks legitimate — but it is not. Clicking on the link and entering your information would give a scam artist sensitive personal information that could be used to steal your identity or use your credit cards fraudulently. When they send you these links, it is illegal soliciting, also known as “phishing.” Download more tips on avoiding phishing.
Internet Safety Instant Messaging (IM) and Email
Email and Instant Messaging (IM) are quick, easy and direct ways to communicate virtually, but they are not always secure. Download tips for safe emailing, messaging and texting.
Cyberbullying is any online message that tries to threaten, harass, humiliate or intimidate you. It might be anonymous, from a stranger, or it could be from someone you know — perhaps a former friend. It is important to report cyberbullying. Bullies can feel powerful because they believe that they’re anonymous or protected by the Internet. Make sure that they are not, and that they are held responsible for their actions. Download tips to deal with cyberbullying.
Family Cyber Security Policy
The Internet can be a wonderful source of information, education and fun for the whole family — but there are dangers lurking online, too. These include pornography, sites promoting hatred and violence, identity thieves and a variety of scammers and spammers.
To protect your family, it is important to sit down together and discuss how to use the Internet safely. This Family Cyber Security Policy can help — talk about it with your children, sign it together, and then post it near your computers. Download the Family Cyber Security Policy.