Rural Crime Watch – COPS/Neighborhood Watch
December 15, 2017
St. Walburg Legion
31 in attendance at the start of brief
Welcome address by Mayor Prudat
Rural Crime Watch
Corporal M. Zurevinsky from Regina RCMP
20 Years with the RCMP; 7 different Posts; Crime Prevention/Reduction
- 5 Programs are currently active; 51 additional municipalities are working towards active status
- SARM Presentation – signage
- Hiring security (Flaman) to watch equipment due to thefts
AB/MB/BC has provincial identity – SK only has Corporal Zurevinsky
Edenwold, SK – has program with 90 people: What’s App – alert to suspicious activity
One person monitors the app and passes the information on to the appropriate personnel
- Why is it happening?
- Where is it happening?
- Gone are the days of leaving keys in equipment/vehicles
- What can we do to prevent it?
- Be vigilant
- Communicate with neighbors
- Keep things out of sight – liquor
- Work together with your neighbors
- Drivers license as a marking tool on items
Successful initiatives are
- Community driven
- Community led
- Police supported
Purpose of RCM
- To prevent criminal behavior in your area such as:
- Break and enters, thefts, etc.
- To improve the sense of security in your community
- Unified strength, safety, etc.
- Central information and resource base
- Partnerships in rural crime prevention
- Get Involved
- Another set of eyes and ears
- Community Members
- Who can/will join?
- How much commitment will there be?
- Organization Committee
- Partners potentially include: RCMP, Towns/Villages, Insurance Companies, Media, Rural Municipalities, Agricultural Companies/Businesses, Crime Stoppers
- Achieved by:
- Social Media
- Interaction with other Watch members
- Regular meetings
- Achieved by:
Role of Members
Report all unusual or suspicious vehicles/occurrences
- Positive presence in community
- Treat all people with courtesy and respect
- Keep track of information
Questions/Concerns from attendees
- Cell Phone Deadspots – lack of coverage between St. Walburg/Lloydminster
- Meeting Time – for this brief was not a good one – too much going on
- RCW is not for the Urban – same principles apply to Urban and Rural
- St. Walburg Detachment – do not have officers based out of this detachment – they will be involved in the “App”
- Criminal Record Checks – mass processing, can be coordinated with the local detachment
- Organized by?: Community residents rather than local municipalities (can provide support, but not run)
Fort Q’Appelle Area is a good example of how to begin.
To Establish a RCW
- Members – Executive to be selected (require criminal record checks)
- Criminal Record Check prior to getting on the app
- Executive determines who can Join the App
- No min/no max of members
There are no RCW/COPS currently with the province.
Patrols can be worked into the RCW; Jumbo Beach has one – seasonal/annual residents
Signage goes hand in hand with the app/membership
Mark belongings – engravers – any marking that can be distinguished
If you do nothing – there will be no change.
Can do a presentation with more commitment from the surrounding communities – in the evening; once an organization has been established. A future meeting is to be planned in the near future.
**Please note: this is information only. For more details contact the R.C.M.P. Crime Prevention and Reduction Division. This information is a brief record of the information presented on Dec. 5, 2017. It may not contain all items presented. There were 31 community members present.