It is my pleasure to prepare this newsletter piece, my first as Safety Coordinator. Mount Royal has applied and been accepted to participate in a program called “Building Safer Communities”. The program is facilitated by the Federation of Calgary Communities, to develop a plan of action to address safety issues identified by the community. It will consist of four evening meetings (more information in document link here – BSC poster Mt Royal). We look forward to seeing you at the first meeting – a meet and greet social – on February 5!
In advance of the above program, let me highlight several community safety issues:
- Vagrancy, which is encouraged by high property turnover and infill construction
- Indigent camps, which are often set up in green spaces such as the Glencoe Club hill
- Walk-through traffic in back lanes, which may contribute to vandalism, thefts and break-ins
There are many things we can do to address these problems, including:
- Watch for unusual activity in and around construction sites, and if possible, contact the owner or work crews to keep fencing intact
- Be vigilant about questioning people who appear not to belong in the area
- Lock garages and sheds
- Do not leave valuables in vehicles, and always keep vehicles locked
- Report any unusual activity to police
Many of our ongoing community safety concerns relate to traffic, but I would like to highlight one specific issue. As you probably know, Earl Grey School is accommodating students from Elbow Park School in the aftermath of the 2013 floods. This has increased traffic volume around Earl Grey School during construction of the temporary facilities. As the facilities are put into use, vehicle and foot traffic around the school will increase. So, please be patient and welcoming to our neighbours from Elbow Park, and exercise extra caution when driving through Mount Royal.
Finally, I want to let you know that the Federation of Calgary Communities (in partnership with the Calgary Police Service) provides many resources on crime prevention and safety. An example is the Partners in Crime Prevention workshop series, which runs between February and May at community associations around Calgary. If you are interested, please send me an email, or check their website (http://calgarycommunities.com/events/month/) for details.
Click the following link to download the pdf information – BSC poster Mt Royal