Welcome to the Spring Communique,
As the flowers begin to bloom, the sounds of birds echo in the air, and wildlife emerge from winter hibernation, not all communities are embracing the early signs of spring as we would hope. We have heard from many members across the province about fears of flooding as the snow melts followed by the threat of a hot summer that instills fear of fires.
We are encouraging communities, business and families to be proactive in their spring cleaning and to consider best ways to secure their home when preparing to leave for holidays or in event you are forced to evacuate your home with short or no notice.
While we most often see the best in people during crisis and disasters there are some who prey on people and addresses of homes and properties where people have gone away or evacuated.
Applying the principles of CPTED to our seasonal readiness will allow us to target harden those hazards, risks and vulnerabilities identified by looking at home and business safety differently. Examples include ensuring interior and exterior lighting is set to turn on and off during your absence. This can be controlled by easy to install timers controlled by cell phone apps locally or remote.
Include updating your family emergency plan in the list of spring things to accomplish. The importance of having your family and your business ready to respond to whatever perils the seasons brings is not only proactive it can prevent further harm from occurring before, during and after your holiday or evacuation.
We are looking forward to extending our inventory of resources and tools to assist with your crime prevention initiatives for your homes and programs. Please see attached resources or links for ideas and templates.
Wishing you everyone a safe & happy Spring
Carolyn Sinclair, BCCPA Executive Director
Save the Date:
BCCPA will be hosting its 2019 Training Day on Wednesday October 30 at the Firefighters Club Banquet and Conference Centre in Burnaby (Metrotown), BC. Stay tuned for details of the day’s activities.
BCCPA recently sent an invitation to its members, partners, and stakeholders to take part in a Stakeholder’s Survey. If you have not completed the survey, please take a few minutes to provide feedback to assist the BCCPA shape the delivery of its services and resources to meet the challenges faced by crime prevention practitioners across the province.
Spotlight on the SAR Program
Through the successful partnership involving the BCCPA, ICBC, the RCMP, the Canadian Police Information Centre and local crime prevention volunteers, the Stolen Auto Recovery (SAR) Program has been assisting local police across British Columbia in identifying stolen vehicles since 1995.
Volunteers work in teams, patrolling the streets and entering the license plate numbers of parked and moving vehicles into computers, tablets and cell phones that contain the latest information on stolen vehicles. If a plate matches one that’s listed as stolen, volunteers keep an eye on the target vehicle and alert the police, who take the appropriate action.
In the course of their volunteer duties it is not uncommon for volunteers to check thousands of vehicle license plates and regularly identify stolen vehicles. Here is a snapshot of what the last 3 months in 2018 looked like for the 48 active SAR groups across the province. 2,073 log-ins were made into the SAR database. The various SAR data files were downloaded 2,072 times. 875,993 plates were checked. 249 stolen vehicles were recovered.
If you would like to learn more about the SAR program, email Stolen.Auto.Recovery@gmail.com.
Spotlight on BCCPA Director Rod Tulett
Following his service as a Chief Engineer with the Royal Canadian Navy, Mr. Tulett joined the City of Vancouver in 1994 where his duties focused primarily on logistics support for emergency and event management with the Office of Emergency Management, and the Emergency and Operational Planning section of the Vancouver Police. In 2005 he became the Security & Emergency Coordinator with Metro Vancouver Regional District, responsible for managing security, emergencies, investigations and enforcement activities.
Rod is an appointed Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner of BC, Counter-Terrorism Information Officer (RCMP), and a certified Fusion Liaison Officer with Washington State Fusion Centre (US-DHS). He also remains active in the Navy Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer, where he has specialized in Public Safety and acts as a Regional Liaison Officer for Joint Task Force Pacific, liaising with civil authorities in BC. Rod is a former Coxswain of HMCS Discovery in Vancouver.
Rod is deeply involved in indigenous reconciliation activities through the annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey. This is a joint First Nations – Public Service agency canoe trip that takes place over 10 days each summer, visiting many different communities. In 2017 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society that organizes the Journey.
Honours Rod has received include the Canadian Forces Decoration with 2nd Clasp and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.