May 31: Message from Roberta:
The recent incidents of home break-ins in the area has caused concerns about security in our neighbourhood. It is comforting to know that despite the recent spate of break-ins, the actual incidents of crime in our MD are not increasing year over year, according to the RCMP. However, in response to the concerns, I convened a meeting with representatives from Hawk’s Landing/Nest, Priddis Greens, Priddis Co-Op, Priddis Golf Course and the MD. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss additional security measures that could be taken to improve security. Some options discussed were: full-time security guards, installation of cameras, installation of one or more gates. I’d like to thank Geoff Dodsworth for his investigation of a variety of gating and guarding options including cost. We have decided to start with two low-cost approaches and then assess their effectiveness before taking further action. The approaches are:
1. Raise awareness of all residents in our community regarding how to keep their homes, and therefore our neighbourhood, better protected against burglary. I worked with our Councillor Suzanne Oel, and our RCMP Representative Corporal Tiffany McGregor, to compile the tips for better protecting your home. If we all follow these tips, our community will become less desirable to would-be burglars. I’d recommend that you discuss the list at your next Condo Corporation meetings to determine if there are actions all members in the quad can take together.
2. Dave Harron, representing the Priddis Co-Op, agreed to investigate the installation of signs in our neighbourhood warning would-be burglars that our neighbourhood is under video surveillance. Although many sophisticated burglars are good at thwarting video surveillance and therefore may not be deterred by the signs, the signs may discourage less sophisticated burglars and other petty crime.
If these measures are not sufficient, we can then pursue other measures such as gates and security guards.
The topic of Community Security has been added as a discussion item for the June 27th AGM, so you are welcome to come and provide your input at that time.
Please let me know if you have comments, questions or concerns.