May 9 to 15, 2021, has been designated as Police Week in Ontario.
Police Week was first observed in 1970 and coincides with Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is recognized internationally on May 15. This year's theme, Working Together to Keep our Communities Safe, highlights and celebrates our police officers’ and personnel's leadership role in helping Ontarians build and maintain healthy and safe communities across our Province.
In keeping with this year’s theme, the North Bay Police Service wants to highlight three community initiatives in hopes of working together and seeing continued successes in North Bay and Callander:
- SCRAM – Security Camera Resource and Mapping
- We are renewing our commitment to Neighbourhood Watch in North Bay and Callander.
You could help to solve a crime and help make your neighbourhood a safer place!
As part of the ongoing efforts to work with our community to enhance public safety, we invite all residents of North Bay and Callander who have security cameras installed at their home or business to get involved in the Security Camera Resource and Mapping initiative.
More and more people are installing security equipment in their homes and businesses. Police are trying to use this technology to help keep the community safer.
SCRAM helps police by cutting down on the time spent canvassing neighbourhoods to find witnesses and evidence after a crime is committed. Photo and video surveillance systems can play a vital role in police investigations and in the identification of persons of interest.
If you have a security camera at your home or business, you can e-mail [email protected] and provide police with your contact information, address, and the direction your camera faces. If a crime is committed in your neighbourhood, the Police will contact you and request to view your security footage to identify potential evidence.
By joining SCRAM, you are not obligated to give police access to your security footage. Police do not receive access to or control over your equipment. You can opt out of the program at any time.
While Neighbourhood Watch is not run by the NBPS, we are recommitting ourselves to support Neighbourhood Watch initiatives in North Bay and Callander.
Neighbourhood Watch can help:
- Decrease crime and the opportunities for crime in your neighbourhood;
- Help your neighbours who may be in distress;
- Encourage neighbourliness and stronger community bonds.
Neighbourhood Watch is an organized group of neighbours looking out for one another and each other’s property. The no-cost program focuses on neighbourhood transparency and encourages residents to be aware of crime and suspicious activity that may be happening around them. In a Neighbourhood Watch, the objective is twofold:
- First, that incidents are reported to police; and,
- Second, that neighbours are aware of what is happening in their community.
By participating in the Neighbourhood Watch, everyone is alert and working together to maintain safety in their neighbourhood. While the program has been shown to reduce criminal activity, one of the greatest benefits is that it brings people closer together, helping build a stronger, safer community.
The 9PM Routine was created in 2017 by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida and has since spread to police forces throughout the United States and Canada. It encourages residents to protect themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims of crime by locking and securing their homes and vehicles every night at 9PM.
The initiative also encourages people to lead by example and share through social media that they have completed the routine using the hashtag #9PMRoutine.
Studies have shown that if criminals are unsuccessful at committing crimes in one location they will be less likely to return to that location in the future.
By removing all valuables from your vehicle; locking your vehicle, shed, and house; and keeping this routine daily, you can better protect yourself and your property.