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Winnipeg Police Service

September 27, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Project Guardian: Working with the Community to Combat Property Crime

The Winnipeg Police Service's 2018 Annual Statistical Report identifies increased crime rates in West Winnipeg. One of the hardest impacted neighborhoods, which saw a significant increase in property-related crimes, is River Heights.   

To address this spike, West District Community Support officers increased proactive patrol resources over the summer. Targeted times were determined through Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) crime data. Officers conducted 170 subject stops and apprehended 26 suspects for a variety of offences including stolen vehicles, weapons, drugs, outstanding warrants, breaching conditions, and missing persons.

Crime Prevention starts with the Community, and we all have a role to play
The Winnipeg Police Service West District Community Support Unit along with the River Heights/Crescentwood Safety Association and Councillor John Orlikow worked together to address the concern.

  • In May, a Community Safety Forum was held for residents of River Heights and Crescentwood
  • In June, a community BBQ was held with a focus on the bike registry
  • In July, laneway trees were trimmed from street lights, problem dark laneways were identified, and motion-activated lights were supplied to those areas

Put the Brakes on Thefts from Vehicles
In many instances of break-ins and/or thefts from vehicles, electronic items such as laptops or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have been left in plain view within the vehicle. Break-ins and or thefts from vehicles can be prevented by keeping a few simple tips in mind:

  • Always close windows and lock all doors
  • Display an "All Valuables Removed" card in your window (can be picked up at your District Station)
  • Don’t leave personal identification, vehicle registration/ insurance certificates, or credit cards in your vehicle
  • Never leave your car keys, house keys or garage door opener in your vehicle
  • Never leave your vehicle running while unattended
  • Park in well-lit areas with pedestrian traffic
  • Remove your garage door opener when the vehicle is not in use
  • Remove valuables and shopping bags from view - this includes removing loose change, electronic devices, and GPS devices

Additional crime prevention information can be found at https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/tblofcontents/takeaction.stm

The Smart Policing Initiative program is only as effective as the accumulated data, so we encourage victims of crime to make a report. To see which crimes can be reported online, visit our website at https://winnipeg.ca/police/report/default.stm.

The Winnipeg Police Service will continue with proactive efforts and increase our presence where Smart Policing Initiative data directs.


Last Update: September 27, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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