Crime Prevention Task Group and partners taking steps to minimize crime
Public Service Announcement
Langley City, BC – Public safety issues continue to be top of mind in our community. Like other communities in the region, the City faces challenges related to crime and homelessness. To help combat these issues, the City created the Crime Prevention Strategic Plan and the implementation of the Plan was recently reinforced in the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan under the Protective Services Key Result Area.
To achieve our long term goals, the City realized that a reorganization of key staff was needed to meet the increasing demands for service, and in 2017, the restructuring resulted in the creation of a new position that will focus on public safety. To that end, the City welcomed Dave Selvage, Manager of Bylaw Enforcement. Dave brings with him over 19 years of experience as an RCMP officer. A part of his new role, the Manager of Bylaw Enforcement is the staff liaison for the Crime Prevention Task Group which meets monthly.
Langley City Council created the Crime Prevention Task Group in March 2017, and the mandate of the group includes:
- Promoting a CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) review at geographic areas where there are high levels of crime. This could be on private properties or City facilities and parks.
- Allocating adequate budget to implement the CPTED recommendations.
- Partnering with the Downtown Langley Business Association and Chamber of Commerce to introduce an incentive program for property owners to implement crime prevention initiatives including CPTED.
- Implementing a communication strategy that sends the signal that City facilities and parks are monitored and that criminal behaviour is not tolerated.
- Increase RCMP foot and bike patrol in the downtown core and at crime hot spots.
- Increase police presence in geographic areas where there are high levels of crime.
- Promote and support Crime Watch in residential neighbourhoods.
- Promote and support Business Watch in commercial and industrial areas.
Recently, Langley City created a Problem Property Inspection Team. This integrated team includes representatives from Bylaw, Building Inspection, Fire and the Langley RCMP. The team will address issues with a multitude of properties including nuisance properties that generate a high volume of calls for service for the RCMP and the City, flop houses, party houses and other houses used for criminal activity. The group will work to enforce City bylaws, criminal code offences and other provincial and federal act violations. In the case of rental property, the group will work with the landlord to resolve the issues.
A part of the Crime Prevention Plan to discourage criminal and other unwanted activity, the City has also installed CCTV cameras at Innes Plaza, McBurney Lane, and Douglas Park with signage that warns the public that they are under surveillance. In addition, the City recently hired a new security company to patrol the downtown core in the evening which will be supplemented with City Bylaw Officers at times. The City has heard from residents and will keep preventing and deterring crime in our community, making Langley City, the Place to Be.
City of Langley