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KALEDEN ON PATROL

November 2019

November is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month. This month, the Canada Safety Council encourages all Canadians to reach out to their neighbours and improve emergency preparedness.

 

The benefits of getting to know your neighbours include:

  • Building welcoming and healthy communities

  • Fostering a sense of belonging

  • Creating a safer community

How do you begin to know your neighbours?

  1. Meet and greet – take a walk in your street and make a point of greeting people. Introduce yourself. When you know who lives where on your street, it becomes easier to detect “suspect or unwelcome” visitors. Commit to informing your neighbours when you are away for extended periods and ask them to do the same. 

  2. Do you see a neighbour in need? Offer them a hand. Ask your neighbours for help if you need it. They may know how a service can be accessed or recommend a reliable contractor that can help you.  Helping a neighbour or seeking assistance from a neighbour builds trust and interdependence.

  3. Spending time outdoors builds neighbourhood connections and serves to keep an eye on your street or block.

  4. Be involved in your community – there are many community organizations that need assistance. Participation in local events, clean-ups and fundraisers helps make you feel a part of the community. 

  5. Join a local Block Watch or Kaleden on Patrol. On your daily walks, keep a watchful eye on what is going on around you. You can contribute in the smallest way to make our community safer. If you are interested in joining Kaleden on Patrol, please do not hesitate to send an email to kaledenonpatrol@shaw.ca

  6. Never try to stop an active crime. Keep safe by reporting criminal activities to the police by dialing 9-1-1.

Emergency and Disaster Readiness

Climate change is a reality. Natural disasters and other emergencies can occur at any time. Be prepared:

  • Ensure emergency numbers are readily available in your home, vehicle and on your mobile phones

  • Sign up for emergency alerts 

  • Develop a home emergency plan

  • Get your home winter ready

  • Prepare for your pets

  • Remember to have a car emergency kit ready when traveling long distances in the winter months.

“Be alert – Expect the unexpected.” 

Stay safe. Let us look out for each another, get to know our fellow community members and keep our community safe. 

About us

 

Kaleden on Patrol (KOP) is a group of trained volunteers dedicated to working with the police, residents and local media to keep the community safe.

KOP serves as the extra eyes and ears of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by conducting patrols, participating in block watch initiatives and calling in to report any criminal or suspicious activity. The scope of their work includes observing and recording incidents of public property vandalism, arson, robbery, theft from automobiles and residential crimes.

 

In September 2019, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen approved a grant of $500 to KOP for the procurement of patrol equipment.

 

Members of the community interested in participating in the program may obtain further information by emailing kaledenonpatrol@shaw.ca.

Kaleden on Patrol

kaledenonpatrol@shaw.ca