With over 1500 calls for service so far this year, the Golden-Field RCMP are currently reviewing a number of items in response to a recent influx of break and enters, mischiefs, and thefts in Golden.
“There are a number of things we are really considering right now to tackle this issue head on,” said Golden-Field RCMP Detachment Commander, Sgt. Betty Watson.
“We are looking at how we can use our current resources to improve efficiency and we are also looking at everything from adopting new crime prevention programs to changing some of our processes and recruiting volunteers. We really want to take a hard look at how we can better deliver our services so our officers can spend more time on the streets.”
Two of the programs currently being considered are: Crime Prevention Through Environment Design (CPTED) where officers conduct assessments of homes and businesses looking at things such as alarm systems, lighting, and tree placement to prevent opportunities for thieves; as well as Project529 a program and app that has users register their bicycles in the event they are stolen.
Sgt. Watson is also optimistic that the three new officers, two which have already arrived, and one who is scheduled to arrive later this year, will also deter current crime trends. “One of my priorities since taking over in January was to fill some of the long term vacancies that have left us short staffed for the past year.”
One other area that Sgt. Watson wants to focus on is recruiting volunteers for Crime Prevention measures, noting that a number of programs are currently on the back burner do to a lack of volunteers. “Volunteers add so much to our office. Every volunteer hour allows my officers to respond to other priority files.”
The detachment hopes that some of the mentioned programs will be in place in the upcoming months, and encourages anyone who has questions or concerns to contact the detachment at 250-344-2221.
For more information regarding CPTED, Project529 or to apply to become a volunteer, you can contact Cst. Spencer Lainchbury either by phone at 250-344-2221 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org