Safety tips just in time for summer

Surrey

2020-06-25 01:06 PDT

The summer season is best spent enjoying the outdoors, basking in good weather, and spending quality time with family. Although this summer will look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, there are many parts of summer that will remain the same — safety and crime prevention. Surrey RCMP would like to share some helpful tips to not only make this an enjoyable summer, but a safe one as well.

Property Crimes

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many families turning their vacations into staycations. As you continue to spend your summer at home, Surrey RCMP is reminding the public to remain vigilant of property crime thieves. Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team recommends locking your front doors and windows, and keeping garage doors closed, even if you are home and spending time in the backyard. It’s always a good idea to install security cameras on your property to capture any unwelcome activities occurring on your property. For more tips on home security, please visit our website.

Block Watch Program

Having more time at home this summer is a great opportunity to get involved in the community by joining Surrey RCMP’s Block Watch program. The program helps get to know your neighbours while contributing to keeping the neighbourhood safe. This can also be a fun activity to get your kids involved in by passing along crime prevention and personal safety techniques learned through the program. To find out how to participate in the Block Watch program, please visit our website.

Driving Safety

As the summer brings more people including children outside and onto their front yards for outdoor activities, Surrey RCMP asks drivers to be careful on the roads. Drivers are expected to know and follow all the rules of the road and pay extra attention while driving near playgrounds or streets where children are at play.

Impaired driving remains one of the top three contributing factors for fatal crashes in the province, according to ICBC. It has been noted that nearly half (42 percent) of impaired driving related deaths happen in the summer months (June—September) in BC. If your summer plans include the consumption of alcohol, ensure to plan ahead and arrange a safe ride home. Impaired driving is never an acceptable option — do not drink and drive. Our officers will continue to conduct proactive traffic enforcement throughout the summer for dangerous driving behaviour including impaired driving.

Resources

A valuable resource for parents that will continue its operations throughout the summer is the Surrey RCMP’s Parent Helpline. It is a dedicated phone line that provides guidance for parents/guardians who believe their child is involved or at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. For more information about this program, please visit our website.

Residents are reminded that the Parent Helpline is not to be used as a replacement for reporting a crime. Please call the non-emergency line (604-599-0502) or 911 for crimes in progress or in life-threatening situations. 

 

Released by

Cpl. Joanie Sidhu

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
www.surreyrcmp.ca  
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca  
 

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