Town of Canmore

Community Watch

Building Safe Communities

Crime happens in Canmore. Together, we can look out for ourselves, loved ones, and greater community to promote safe neighbourhoods. Here are some tips and guidelines for fostering a feeling of safety in your neighbourhood and what to do if you notice something suspicious. 

Knowing Your Neighbours
Knowing your neighbours is an important part of helping to maintain a safe community. You get to know their regular patterns so that you can see when something is unusual. Particularly in Canmore, with the number of part time residents, knowing the patterns of your neighbours is essential.

Make a point of reaching out to those neighbours that you don’t know. Visit Do Good In Your Hood - you’ll make new friends and help with the Canmore Community Watch Program.

Suspicious Activity

We encourage residents to watch out for each other to reduce crime in our town. Community members are the eyes and ears of the community and should report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods, whenever they occur. 

We can't stress enough the importance of reporting suspicious behavior.  Sometimes, people are reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious because they believe their call will be a burden or unnecessarily tie up police resources. In fact, reporting suspicious activity immediately can help police prevent or interrupt crime.

What is suspicious behavior?
If it's suspicious to you, it's worth reporting it to 911.  Examples include:

·   Unusual noises, including screaming, sounds of fighting, breaking glass
·   People in or around buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business
·   Unauthorized people in restricted areas
·   Vehicles driving slowly and aimlessly through neighborhoods, around schools or parking lots
·   People peering into parked vehicles that are not their own
·   People who change their behavior when they notice they have been seen
·   People dressed inappropriately for the weather or occasion, (i.e., heavy coat in warm weather)Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations (i.e. in a lobby or elevator)
When to report suspicious behavior? We urge you to call 911 when:
·  You believe someone is in physical danger
·  You believe a specific crime is happening
·  You believe something is suspicious

What makes it suspicious?  Be able to explain to the 911 call taker why the behavior you are seeing/hearing is suspicious. What gives you the feeling that a crime is in progress or about to occur? Don't doubt your instincts. Call 911 and let our call takers evaluate and respond to the information you provide.

Suspect Identification

The following is a list of important details to note if you report suspicious activity to police:
· Height, weight, build and posture
· Hair colour, length, wig, cap, hat, ski mask, stocking mask, baseball hat
· Sex
· Age
· Eye colour, glasses
· Race, colour of skin
· Nose, lips, teeth, ears, hearing aid, facial jewelry, facial hair
· Voice, language, accent, lisp
· Unusual facial features, cleft chin
· Scars, marks, tattoos, amputations, deformities
· Right or left-handed, wearing watch, rings or bracelets
· Gun, knife, club, or other weapon
· Clothing length and colour, jacket, necktie, shorts, pants, skirt
· Name if heard called out
· Carrying anything
· Shoes, colour, and types

When noting a license plate record it immediately but pay attention not only to the plate number but also the province or state and if it cannot be determined, note the colour and description of the plate.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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