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post-title A Friendly Neighbour

A Friendly Neighbour

A Friendly Neighbour

A Friendly Neighbour

It may sound cheesy but, amazing changes can happen in this world, and in our communities, if we all pitch in and work hard together. If a half hour of work is needed, then it makes sense to have two people spend half the time on the task. Whether it involves helping the environment, assisting in those dreadful chores, or by working together to keep a watchful eye over one’s community and belongings. Today, we are talking about communities working together. We’ve also got a few tips on how to keep valuables and property secure.

Life as a Cappie has shown me first hand how much can be accomplished when we are working as a team and set aside differences. As someone who lives within the downtown core and volunteers with Crime Prevention, I see people who come together daily, and they are richer from the experiences.

While Kamloops is a very big space in terms of geography, there are groups of people living in separate areas of the city. Ok, this is nothing new sure, but things can go a lot smoother if these groups work together. For example, if a community or block feels like they are having issues then they have different options to rectify the problems. One way they can all band together is by forming a block watch. Having watchful neighbors can help deter crime on a more organized scale. By phoning the City of Kamloops Crime Prevention and after helping to set up a block watch captain, blocks can feel more secure knowing that if they watch over their friends, their friends will watch over them.

So, your community is feeling secure now, that’s great! However, now is not the time to become complacent. Having peace of mind is an amazing feeling to know that neighbours are watching after your vehicle once its parked in the driveway. But it is important for you to do your part too! When you leave the vehicle always remember to not leave items in plain sight. Here are a few tips to consider:
• Don’t leave items in the vehicle for long periods of time.
• Park in well lit areas.
• Lock up GPS systems as well as roof racks for things like skis, bikes, and other outdoor equipment.

I know that these tips may seem like common sense and we all know the benefits of working together but busy lives interfere, and we don’t have time to leave the house sooner than we like. We can’t always rely on other people for things, but we also can’t always rely on ourselves. All it takes is a mix of the two to truly flourish!

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

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