This is letter to all Community Associations from the new District 8 Commander - Insp. Keith Cain.April 28, 2015 As the new Commander in District 8, I am honored to be working with you to keep our communities safe. I am thankful you have been so receptive to having regular contact with the Calgary Police Service via our Community Resource Officers and I look forward to meeting with you all and/or attending community meetings in the near future. During the first quarter of this year a considerable amount of planning was finalized which will result in significant changes. It is anticipated that by the end of June there will be city-wide changes to District and zone boundaries. In District 8 these changes will result in the communities of Woodbine, Woodlands, Canyon Meadows, Parkland, Lake Bonavista, Lake Bonaventure, Bonavista Downs, Queensland, Deer Run, Deer Ridge, and Diamond Cove being absorbed by District 6. This down-sizing will enable the officers of District 8 to better server the remaining communities and address predicted growth and the corresponding growth in calls for service. I encourage those of you who will be impacted by these changes to contact your Community Resource Officer. In respect to crime statistics the first quarter of this year has seen concerning increases in vehicle and property related crime in District 8 and across the entire city. A significant percentage of these crimes were "crimes of opportunity" which can be addressed through preventative measures. Examples include vehicles left running, garage doors left open or unlocked, and vehicles left unlocked with valuables and/or garage door openers visible inside. As you all know the only way we can reverse this trend is with the Community and Police working together. This has worked many times in the past and I am confident it will work again. The Calgary Police Service recently dedicated over 60 officers to address these issues and this initiative in conjunction with tips from the public has already resulted in numerous arrests and over 100 criminal charges. This initiative includes and extensive media campaign featuring the following messages. I am seeking your support to share this preventative advice with members of your communities. Calgarians can help protect their vehicles and property by:
Always locking their vehicle, garage and house doors.
Not leaving keys inside vehicles and securing spare keys.
Removing valuables from vehicles or securing them in the trunk.
Not leaving unattended vehicles running and unlocked.
Reporting suspicious activity to police at 403-266-1234, or 9-1-1 if there is a crime in progress.