Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Safety Chat with Constable Price on May 10th. This was a very informative session and we learned a few key points:
Speed is a personal choice, can you live with the consequences?
Out-of-sight out-of-mind. If you leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, expect that sooner or later they will be removed for you.
Keep your insurance and registration in your wallet. If someone breaks into your vehicle and your insurance and registration are there, they can simply pull into your garage, close the garage door and use something in your garage to break into your home. Your address is on those documents, so don’t leave them in your vehicle.
If you see something suspicious then don’t be afraid to call. It is safer to make the call then it is to think “oh it’s probably nothing” and then something gets stolen, damaged or worse. Make the call to 911, they are happy to hear your voice.
Take flyers off your door, it is a sign to thieves that you are not home. When your neighbours are on holiday take their flyers as well, help out your community.
Get an alarm system, at the very least it reduces how long a burglar can be in your home. It is better they have 10 – 20 minutes to look around and then get out than if they have the entire day to explore everywhere in your home.
A Doorbell Camera can notify you when someone is at your door so you can call the police if they are not known to you and try to break in. Most interact with your smartphone so you don’t even have to be home to keep an eye open.
Do not give money to homeless people. Give money to CUPS and Mustard Seed, etc. The money doesn’t help the homeless people directly and there are several “professional homeless people” that make a lot of money doing it. Maybe even more than you do. If you want to help, give your money to the service providers whose job it is to help the homeless properly.
Don’t be a vigilante, be the best witness you can be. Especially when it is just property, that can always be replaced. Your life cannot. Everyone has a smartphone or other cameras handy so take pictures, call the police, get the bad guys caught red-handed.
Scam alert – fraudsters pose as Canada Revenue Agency
Nearly every day, the Calgary Police Service receives reports of scammers posing as agents of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Immigration Canada (IC). Unfortunately, scammers have obtained thousands of dollars from several unsuspecting victims. So how does the scam work and how can you protect yourself?
The CRA scam, and many similar ones, usually follows the same pattern. Victims are contacted via phone by people pretending to be a CRA or IC employee. The fraudsters claim that the victim owes back taxes and that they need to pay money to correct the issue, or they will be arrested or deported. Sometimes, the scammers have valid personal information about victims and their families, such as names and birthdays, to try to legitimize the fraudulent claim.
The scammers can become very aggressive and may begin to threaten victims. Victims are then told to send money through a wire service or to purchase prepaid credit cards or gift cards. Once the money is gone, it is nearly impossible to trace.
You can help protect yourself from phone and email scams by following these tips:
Do not feel pressure to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
Never transfer money, or give out credit card or other financial information, until you can verify the person’s identity and the story, and determine whether it is legitimate.
The CRA will not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer.
Some scammers are using a technique called spoofing where the caller ID looks like the call is legitimately coming from the CRA or IC. Hang up and look up published numbers for the agency in the phone book or online and call them directly to confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story before you take any action. Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
Don’t believe what you see. Business logos, websites and email addresses can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link, or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
Update your computer’s anti-virus software.
Ignore calls for immediate action or messages that create a sense of urgency.
Beware of phishing emails posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information, or links within an email re-directing to a fraudulent website that appears to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA does not email Canadians and request personal information.
Never provide personal information such as SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.
If you have been contacted by one of these scammers, but did not lose money, please report it online by visiting www.calgarypolice.ca. Victims of the scam are encouraged to contact the Calgary Police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.
There has been an increase in break and enters in the Crestmont area over the past couple of months. There was another break and enter today Friday May 30th.
As a result of the break and enters I have a directed patrol in Crestmont which basically means increased police patrols, so I hope you are seeing more police vehicle patrolling the area.
Please pass onto others in the Community, to be vigilant, report suspicious vehicles and persons to the police. Ensure Doors and windows are secured and alarm systems are utilized if you have them when you leave you home.
Lock vehicles left on the driveway and remove garage door openers from them – this is a common method of entry.
Doors and locks:
Outside doors and frames should be made of solid wood or steel, which are harder to force open than hollow-core doors. Frames should fit snugly (within ¼ inch) against the door.
Secure all outside doors with deadbolt locks.
Ensure the lock’s throw (or bolt) extends at least one inch past the edge of the door when locked.
The strike plate is the flat metal piece on the door frame that receives the lock’s throw, or bolt. Attach a six- or eight-inch strike plate with screws long enough (about three inches) to pass through the door frame and into the wall stud.
When home during the day, report the following to the Calgary Police Service at 403 266-1234:
Vehicles moving slowly and randomly through the neighbourhood.
A stranger running or walking randomly through the neighbourhood.
A stranger looking into homes or parked cars.
What to do about prowlers or break-ins:
If you see a prowler outside your home, call the police at once at 9-1-1.
If someone enters your house while you’re there, call 9-1-1.
If you arrive home to find someone has broken in, call the police at 266-1234 from another location before entering the house. If you believe someone is still inside, call 9-1-1.
For more information about crime prevention, visit the Calgary Police Service Web site atwww.calgarypolice.ca.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Constable Dylan Harris #4411 Community Resource Officer District 2 Zone 4 Calgary Police Service
Further to our previous post, a Crestmont resident notified us of another similar break-in.
On Friday March 28th between 8-5pm a house on Crestbrook pl was broken into by access through a side basement window. This is a separate break in incident from the earlier post. Several people were home in the adjacent properties and these criminals were still able to enter for a length of time going through the home.
Please watch for unfamiliar vehicles and people in the neighbourhood and contact the police. One set of tracks were found leading directly to the window.
If you saw anything at all, no matter how insignificant it might seem, please contact the police.
Last Tuesday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm a house on Crestmont Dr was broken into. Thieves entered the home through a basement window. The entire house was gone through, and many personal items along with alcohol were taken. No serious property damage was suffered, however the homeowners feel very violated. Police were called, but it would seem the thieves wore gloves, so no finger prints were lifted. Foot prints in the snow were matched to some in the house. Unfortunately the victims of this crime did not have an alarm system.
As a further note, there has been a lot of activity at the top of Crestridge Terrace, a dead end street facing Artist View, police are called whenever cars are seen parked at the end of that street. In the past there has been a sexual assault on a young girl at that location and many drug transactions have also taken place up there. People loiter there, drink and do drugs in that location. Police have also wakened individuals who have been parked there overnight, as they did not have sufficient funds to get a hotel room. Garbage is regularly dumped there and people have been seen defecating there in broad daylight. Not far from this location a vehicle was stolen. Many car prowlings have also been reported.
Please join us and Constable Carter Duchesney on Wednesday March 5thas he introduces an interesting topic that affects anyone with a computer or smartphone – cybercrime. The Calgary Police Service uses the term “cybercrime” to refer to internet, with reference to social media scams, malware, hacking, identity theft, spam mail, auction fraud, phishing and assorted activity of this nature. Key topics of this workshop include social media safety and cyber bullying.
The NEW Partners in Crime Prevention Workshop series is geared towards helping community association volunteers and the public learn valuable information about crime prevention and safety issues in their neighbourhoods from our trusted partners, The Calgary Police Service.They will also serve as a great opportunity to network with peers so join us all at all four Partners in Crime Prevention workshops!