Home Safety Tips
Block Watch is a successful program that involves neighbours agreeing to watch out for each other's property. Neighbours, who know each other will recognize when someone doesn't belong and know when to call the police to report suspicious activity. Select a Block Captain and one Block Co-Captain, who must be from different households. Learn more about Block Watch.
Each Captain / Co-Captain must submit an application to White Rock Detachment Community Policing and agree to a Criminal Record check. To apply, visit the White Rock RCMP Detachment:
Victim Services & Community Policing Coordinator
White Rock RCMP
15299 Pacific Avenue
White Rock BC, V4B 1R1
Once You Have Been Approved
- Canvas Your Block to See Who Might Be Interested in Joining
At least 50 percent of the street (complex) should be involved. It is not necessary to ask everyone to join if you think there might be a problem - i.e. party or a drug house - leave them out. Prior to going door to door you may obtain Block Watch Brochures from the Community Policing Office. These brochures explain the program to new participants.
- Captain(s) & Co-Captain(s) Attend a Training Session
- Contact the program coordinator to attend a training session and pick up additional resource material.
- Arrange your first annual Block Watch team meeting.
- After you have been trained, you will be asked to arrange your first annual block watch meeting to explain the program to participants. An initial meeting is held and the concept of Block Watch is discussed along with some easy home security measures.
- You may request that the Coordinator and or an Auxiliary Constable attend your first meeting.
- After that it is just a question of holding an annual general meeting, and distributing the newsletters twice a year.
- Block Captains receive emails on a monthly basis giving them crime statistics and crime prevention tips these may be forwarded to participants by email or posted in a common area.
- Complete & Submit a Block Watch Map
At your first meeting, you will need to complete and submit a block map which lists the addresses and contact information for your team members. Maps should be updated annually.
Home Security Check Program
Trained volunteers will assess a residence, multi-housing complex or business from the street and building exterior & common areas to check doors, windows, landscaping, lighting etc for security weaknesses using the CPTED model. To arrange for a CPTED review of your property, please contact the White Rock Community Policing office at 778-545-4778.
Don't Make It Easy for Thieves
- Don't open the door to strangers! If you live in an apartment remember: No key, no entry
- Install a motion sensor
- Lock windows and doors even when you are home
- Report all suspicious persons and activity to police
- Trim trees and shrubbery that may provide concealment spots for thieves
- Don't leave tools and ladders lying around
Don't Welcome Thieves
In warm weather, it is so tempting to leave doors and windows open, but you might as well roll out the welcome mat for some unwanted guests. Residents are reminded that even if you are inside your home, doors and windows should remain shut and locked, and all valuables such as laptop computers, small gaming systems and jewelry should be kept out of sight.
If you need to open windows, install window locks which prevent them from being opened far enough to gain entry, on:
- Install auxiliary locks
- Jimmy plates
- Safety bars
- Sliding patio doors
If you have questions about how keep your home safe, contact Community Policing and sign up for a home security audit.