Town of Canmore

Community Watch

It is not only crime that the police keep us safe from in Canmore.They protect in other ways like putting a stop to dangerous behaviour or alerting community members about dangerous situations. Please remember this as part of the Canmore Community Watch intent in maintaining a safe community. Someone walking down the CPR tracks with headphones on, or an unattended construction site that has developed a dangerous condition or even a weather related danger.

Canmore has lots of safety concerns that include wildlife, sinkholes, flash flooding, a cold and rapid river running through town and so forth that can put community members in immediate danger and alerting the police enables them to mitigate or contact the appropriate officials to do so.

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 and vacation homes, knowing the patterns of your neighbours is essential. Canmore is, in many ways, a demonstrated tight knit community so while many of us are already well aware of the regular and irregular activities of our neighbours, now we can look at that awareness as it relates to a safe community. Make a point of expanding this knowledge to reach those neighbours that you don’t know. You’ll make new friends and help with the Canmore Community Watch Program.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Suspicious activity is anything that looks like it could be connected with criminal behaviour – someone casing a neighbourhood, grabbing a child, forcing open a door, screaming or pounding coming from a nearby residence, strong odours coming from an inappropriate building are but a handful of examples. If activity is or appears to be threatening to property or people, immediately report the suspicious activity by calling police. Time is critical in police work so it is imperative to make the call right away and the likelihood of you making that very important call diminishes with every second you wait.

SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE

- Gathering in an unusual group or place may be burglary, arson or drug dealing.
- Behaving strangely may be on drugs or preparing to do something illegal
- With any sort of weapon could be planning any number of crimes.
- Concealing something that they are carrying may be carrying stolen goods or a weapon.
- Creating foot traffic to and from a particular place with short visits may be involved with drugs or the sale of stolen goods
- Loitering around cars or looking into them could be casing cars for theft of a car or its contents.
- Running while carrying something that would not normally be carried while running may fleeing the scene of a crime.
- Creating any type of disturbance, besides disturbing the peace, may by covering up noise of some other activity.
- Going door to door, epecially if someone goes to the rear of the residence are possibly casing the neighbourhood or seeking an unsecured entry into the residence.
- Loitering around schools, parks or your street are possibly burglars, sex offenders or involved in drugs or arson.
- Screaming for help may have a medical emergency, being robbed, assaulted or there may be a fire.
- Offering items for sale at extremely low prices could possibly be trying to sell stolen goods.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLES 

- Moving slowly without lights on at night may be casing a neighbourhood or tracking a victim.
- Parked, occupied and unusual to the neighbourhood may be casing the neighbourhood, operating as a point for drug dealing, a sexual assault or robbery.
- Being loaded with goods if parked by a closed business or unoccupied house could be part of a burglary in progress.
- Driving with difficulty, particularly if it is a new or expensive model, is possibly a stolen vehicle or the driver may be impaired.
- That appear overloaded, parked or travelling in yor neighbourhood maybe a party to a burglary.
- Where a person or persons are detaching mechanical parts or accessories might be a sign of theft or vandalism in progress
- Abandoned on your block may be stolen
- That a person is being forced into may be a sign of assault or abduction.
- With odd property in them like TV's, stereos or weapons may be storing stolen goods.
- That are locked with people trying to forcibly enter could be being stolen or its contents may be the target.
- Unattended may be a sign that someone is or has committed a burglary or robbery.
- Abandoned and/or in bad condition with signs of being in an accident could have been involved in a hit and run.
- Which are not from the neighbourhood driving randomly without a purposeful destination may be looking for an open garage door or unoccupied residence from which to steal or vandalize.

SUSPICIOUS SOUNDS

- Cries for help is precisely what you hear. Act on it! Find out where the screams are coming from and immediately call the police.
- Continuous screaming is probably the result of someone being hurt or mistreated. Try to determine the location, source and nature of the scream and immediately call police.
- Yelling and cursing can be a sign of domestic violence. Determine the location and call police.
- The sound of gunfire should immediately be reported to police with as much information as you can note.
- Activated alarms should be reported to police immediately noting their location, source and nature.
- The sound of shattering glass should be reported to the police immediately.
- Loud music may be used to mask other unlawful activities. If you hear the sound of someone crying or screaming being covered by the loud music call the police immediately.
- If you hear unusual sounds you should determine the location, source and nature of the sounds and if you are suspicious you should call police immediately.
- The continuous barking of a dog is cause for alarm. Determine the location of the dog and call police.

SUSPECT IDENTIFICATION

The following is a list of important details to note if you witness a person committing a crime or if you are reporting a person that you are suspicious of 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
- Gloves, shoes, colours 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.