The Waterloo Regional Police Service, in partnership with the
Kitchener detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
and in conjunction with the Waterloo Region District School
Board, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the
Twin City Optimist Club, were pleased to support the
Stand Up – Speak Out Anti-Bullying contest.
Officers conducted presentations to over 7,000 local students
encouraging them to use their imagination and skills to develop
anti-bullying messages and strategies focusing on youth. The
contest challenges students less than 18 years of age to
develop a unique response to the question, "What does
standing up against bullying mean to you?"
“This contest helped create an exciting opportunity for our youth to use their creativity in numerous ways while engaging them in the process of addressing community issues from their perspective, “ said Superintendent Barry Zehr, head of Community and Corporate Services for Waterloo Regional Police. “ The success of community initiatives like the “It’s Your Call Contest” and the “THINK” campaign reinforces our belief that youth are motivated to become involved and will embrace this contest with the goal of making a positive difference in their lives.”
LOCK IT OR LOSE IT
Our community was reminded that they can play a key role in preventing property crime by adopting the “Lock It or Lose It” approach. To help prevent a seasonal increase in thefts from vehicles, police launched a proactive initiative during May, 2013 and offered the following tips and reminders:
• Most thieves prefer easy targets, so take steps to make it difficult. A vehicle with an unlocked door or open window is an easy target. Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors, and pocket the keys when you park.
• Park in well-lit areas; use your garage if you have one and lock the garage and the vehicle.
• Never leave valuables in plain view. This includes GPS units and accessories (e.g.: a charger in plain view may indicate the presence of a hidden GPS).
• Report suspicious activity, whether it is persons or vehicles. Make note of as many details as you can including clothing description, direction of travel, vehicle licence plates, and anything else relevant.
• Report all incidents. If you find evidence that somebody was in your vehicle, contact police even if only a small amount of money was taken. Police need to know when and where incidents are occurring to help conduct crime analysis and target enforcement and further investigation.
During May 2013, police enforcement focused on areas of interest and included patrols by plain-looking police vehicles as well as officers on foot and bicycles.
Waterloo Regional Police launched a crime prevention initiative focusing on residential areas surrounding the university district. Officers from North Division were assisted by Auxiliary Members throughout the door-to-door campaign which aimed to connect with students and provide home security tips. They include;
• Keeping all doors locked, even when you are at home, day and night.
• If you share a home with roommates who have different schedules develop a plan to carry keys and make an effort to lock all doors each time you leave the residence.
• If you are going to be away, let your roommates know so they are aware of who should and who shouldn’t be inside.
• Introduce yourself to your neighbours. Knowing each other makes it easier to identify suspicious behavior. Contacting police promptly increases the likelihood of suspect apprehension.
• If you see suspicious activity or someone enters your residence under questionable circumstances, ensure your safety first and call 911 as soon as possible. Stay on the line with the operator to provide as much detail as you can. This will assist the responding officers in locating suspects.
BACK TO SCHOOL
As the last long weekend of summer approached, Waterloo Regional Police encourage the community to ensure that safety was a top priority and offered the following tips:
• Motorists should leave plenty of time to reach their destination, reduce distractions, follow the rules of road and drive only when sober.
• Cyclists should remain aware of their surroundings and obey signs and signals. Cyclists under 18 years must wear an approved helmet. Remember to lock your bike!
• Pedestrians should use sidewalks or walk facing traffic and cross only in designated areas
• Homeowners and tenants can help reduce property crime by asking a trusted person to check on their residence and by following the tips outlined in the Home Security Self Audit available on www.wrps.on.ca .
• Parked vehicles should be locked and valuables removed
Waterloo Regional Police would like to urge all members of the community to increase their awareness and level of caution when children return to school. Drivers should watch for children on foot and on bicycles as well as additional activity near bus stops and around school zones. Drivers were also reminded of their obligation to stop in both directions for school buses when they see the overhead red warning signals and the flashing stop sign. School crossing guards will be on duty during the upcoming school year and motorists should be extra cautious whenever children are present. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to promote safety with their children and remind them to stay alert while on the school bus, and while walking or riding to and from school.
As part of the 2013 Waterloo Regional Police Service Traffic
Enforcement and Road Safety Education Plan, officers conducted a proactive initiative during March and November that focused on road safety for pedestrians using the results of a study that looked into collision patterns and trends at twelve selected intersections.
The analysis additionally helped identify the most frequent
contributing factors in collisions. They included: pedestrians not using cross walks; pedestrians disobeying traffic signals;
and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Waterloo Regional Police statistics also showed that out of
eleven fatal motor vehicle collisions occurring in the Region
in 2012, six resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
“Our officers are committed to reducing the number of preventable incidents and are helping to raise road safety awareness while enforcing our laws,” said Staff Sergeant Scott Diefenbaker. “However we need the cooperation of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to do their part in ensuring the safety of all road users.”