Resources for securing your home are included in the new Community Policing webpage
Guelph Police Service has launched its Community Policing Web page to clearly outline safety tips for Guelph residents and resources to keep them, their families and their homes safe.
“You know, it’s more than just a buzzword, isn’t it, where we prioritize, staying in touch with the community we police,” said Christopher Probst, co-chair of the community policing committee. of the Guelph Police.
Prior to the pandemic, the police service established a Community Policing Committee, where Guelph Police Service personnel from different departments donate their time to serve on the committee. Civilians are also on it.
The Environmental Design Crime Prevention Assessment is a tool for homeowners and business owners who want their building assessed for security, theft, and burglary protection.
Probst said he lobbied for this assessment tool to be implemented, so far the service has received two requests.
During the assessment, officers will recommend changes to landscape, lighting, and technology to better secure a home or business.
Things people can do now before getting an appraisal are to make sure they lock their vehicle and don’t program their garage door opener into their car.
“So we recommend that you don’t block entrances to a house and give annoying people unlimited time to try and break into the house,” Probst said. This can be done by landscaping and making sure the view from the front door is unobstructed.
Along with the assessment, there is a police academy. Community organizations can ask the police academy to come to their business and present once a week for eight to 10 weeks on different aspects of policing.
Probst has personal experience of a break and enter, his parents’ house was broken into.
“They replaced the furniture and they painted the walls, just to make it look different,” Probst said after the break-in.
Moving forward, “they wanted to change the environment,” he said.
One piece of advice he gives civilians is to be aware of your surroundings.
Part of his job is to occasionally review security videos.
“Once in a while I see a victim or someone who is about to be victimized, just walking by and the suspect is actually very close but they just didn’t notice, they were distracted by their phone,” he said.
You don’t have to be paranoid or hypervigilant about your surroundings, just be aware, Probst said.