Opinion Column

Business Watch group helps monitor crimes 

By Cst. Kelly Bauer, Camrose Canadian Contributor

Eyes on Camrose is a community awareness program launched by the Camrose Police Service that is taking hold in our community. Citizens recognize that everyone can play a part in keeping our community safe. There are many different ways that people can be involved. 

 

Our latest initiative is the Camrose Business Watch. This program allows businesses to simply keep in touch with what type of crime is occurring that affects the business community. For example, if a business is caught with a counterfeit bank note or a certain type of fraud, that information can be shared to the Business Watch group. In sharing that information you can help prevent others from falling victim to the same crime.  

If you own a business all you need to do is add your email address to our group Business Watch contact list. To register send your email address to kbauer@camrose.ca and indicate that you would like to be added to the Business Watch group. If you have information that you would like to share then use the same email address and those details can then be forwarded to the Business Watch group.  

A big part of crime prevention is awareness. Being aware of what types of crimes are occurring in our community so that you can protect yourself or your business. Having that awareness and sharing that information with others is a great way to keep your Eyes on Camrose. 

Review: 

Our first initiative was Citizens on Patrol. Email Camrosecops@gmail.com to get involved.  

Our second initiative is social media. Some people love social media while others prefer to keep their distance. People can follow our Facebook page and Twitter account to stay informed on what is happening in Camrose. Awareness is a key to crime prevention. Please follow our page! 

Our third initiative is Curb the Danger which encourages motorists to call 911 if they suspect an impaired driver. With the majority of people owning a cell phone, we have so much potential to keep our streets safe. 

The fourth initiative is Lock It or Lose It. Every person who owns property needs to implement this simple crime prevention technique ... locking their property. The police all too frequently respond to calls regarding stolen property that could have been prevented if the property had been secured.  

The fifth initiative is the Security Camera Registry Program. CPS encourages businesses and home owners with exterior security cameras to register with police. Your camera information will be put onto our database in the event there is a crime in your area. 

 

Cst. Kelly Bauer is the Crime Prevention and Community relations officer with Camrose Police Service. 

 



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