EXPLAINER: Credit Checks

Leah Marlay & Mitchell Paquette, VPD Did you know… By law, everyone is entitled to one FREE credit check per year.  Applying for a credit report is an important crime prevention action that each of us can take to help protect ourselves from identity theft and unwarranted credit hassles. There are two Canadian credit bureaus, TransUnion and Equifax.  Check your credit history with both agencies.  […]

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BCAA and Block Watch Work Together to Expand Community Safety in BC

Victoria Pau on behalf of BCAA As British Columbians stay local and spend more time at home, keeping you, your family and your neighbours safe in your communities is top of mind. Serving one in three BC households with industry-leading home, car, life, health & dental and travel insurance, roadside assistance, and full auto repair at BCAA’s Auto Service Centres, protection is at the heart […]

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Crime Stoppers’ 9 at 9 Crime Prevention Strategy

Linda Annis, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers As the winter weather comes to an end, we can’t wait to start leaving doors and windows open again. Gardening and other activities mean getting outside in the yard, with many of us leaving our doors unlocked and garages open. That can spell trouble. Some of us can be too lax when we stay home, thinking everything’s safe just […]

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GRANTS AVAILABLE

The Block Watch Society of BC is happy to announce that we have been approved to distribute the 2021 Safe Community Grants. The application window is from May 12 to June 30. The application should be sent to you by your Block Watch Coordinator, or you can download it from our website (https://blockwatch.com/) starting May 12.

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Notes from the President

Regan Borisenko, Vernon RCMP In 1991, the Block Watch Program was started in Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Maple Ridge and Langley, making this their 30 th birthday! The Block Watch Society of BC was officially registered in BC as of April 1993, so the Society is officially 28 years in the making. The Block Watch Society, through its Board of Directors, is the governing body for […]

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Crime Stoppers

Susan Stickley, Surrey RCMP We don’t want your name.We just want your information. You remain anonymous.Criminals don’t. These are well known messages from the BC Crime Stoppers Society. Block Watch encourages working in partnership with your local police and reporting is a key component in the collaborative crime prevention relationship. However, there are compelling reasons that someone would wish to remain anonymous when reporting a […]

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Emergency Preparedness

Leah Marlay, Vancouver PD One of the most valuable benefits of participating in Block Watch is getting to know your neighbours.  It is your neighbours who you and your family will be closest to if you are home when disaster strikes.  People naturally work together when tragedies happen but having a Block Watch contact list and knowing your neighbours – even a little bit – […]

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SPOTLIGHT on a Coordinator

Merritt’s Marlene Jones Kimberly Kelley, Victoria PD Meet Marlene. She is the Community Policing Office Coordinator for the City of Merritt, a position she has held for the past four years. Marlene has a history of working in the police community, as she was a 911 operator in Kamloops for six years and then moved into the SED Major Crime Unit and held the position […]

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Frauds and Scams

Rimmi Purewal, Mission RCMP It is safe to say that scam emails and phone calls are on the rise, and it’s becoming easier and easier to orchestrate fraud from all over the world. From phone call scams stating there is a warrant out for your arrest, to email scams posing as reputable agencies to lure victims for personal information. As of November 30th, 2020, the […]

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How one Vancouver neighbourhood caught a porch pirate

How one Vancouver neighbourhood caught a porch pirate Cst. Stephanie Cullingworth Vancouver PD Though the holiday rush is past, this story is a reminder that mail theft and parcel theft happen all year long. This past summer, a Vancouver neighbourhood had a sudden rash in crime. Mail and packages were stolen, homes broken into, and cars emptied of their contents. Crime had happened in this neighbourhood […]

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