August 30, 2018
Fort McMurray, AB: Wood Buffalo RCMP have been working over the past 9 months with different property managers on a project called “Crime Free”. The focus of this project is to reduce crime in Fort McMurray. “Crime Free” allows the RCMP to work in partnership with community members who have a goal to reduce crime and make the community safer for residents. This week Stoney Mountain, Prospect View, and The Compass buildings are the only buildings that now meet all the requirements of this “Crime Free” project. The “Crime Free” signs will be going up today!
This “Crime Free” program is based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) which has proven to reduce crime significantly. CPTED is a set of proactive principles which when applied, discourage criminal behavior, and reduce the fear of crime. The concept is simple: Buildings and properties are designed to prevent damage from the force of the elements and natural disasters; they should also be designed to prevent crime. When applied, this project will lead to a reduction in the fear of crime and the criminal incidents, and to an improvement in the quality of life.
Police focus on strengthening the security and safety of a building in order to protect the residents and property in the event of a criminal offence, and reduce the risk of crimes in that area. Police inspect interior and exterior lighting, interior and exterior doors, hardware, and types of viewers used. Once a building meets all the crime free requirements, “Crime Free” signage and related materials are posted on the property to show they meet the program’s criteria.
Quarterly inspections to update property managers on any areas that require attention are completed. The property is required to pass a yearly inspection in order to keep the signs posted. If they fail the inspection, the “Crime Free” signage and materials are to be removed.
If you wish to learn more, or are interested in participating in this “Crime Free” program, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040.
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC