Bad Behaviour

Okay, jokes aside, crime is something we take very seriously in Ritchie.

According to EPS crime stats, last year in Ritchie there were 181 reported occurrences. Number crunchers will be interested to know that so far this year there have been about 21 incidents. 

In most neighbourhoods warmer temperatures can prompt an increase in crime. We've recently heard a few stories from locals about theft as well as some bad bottle collecting etiquette - even a little trespassing!

In the spirit of keeping Ritchie safe, let's all do our best to:

1. Protect our patch - A few simple actions at home, in the yard, or when we go on vacation can make a big difference. Start with these basics

2. Get to know our neighbours - More eyes keeping watch is always a good thing. Abundant Communities efforts will also help us connect with each other.  

3. Reduce temptation - Keep valuables secure and out of sight. 

4. Report, report, report - Unless we say something, EPS won't know there's a problem. Crime stats not only drive resource allocation, they illustrate specific areas of concern. Crime Reports can be made in person, via the police dispatch line 780 423 4576online, or through the EPS mobile app.  

5. Be crime savvy - Here are a few other crime prevention tips from Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch to keep in mind. 

Last but not least, if you see someone less fortunate that could use a hand, give 211 a call. This 24/hour information and referral line is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association and helps people connect to a range of social, health and government services. Whether it is someone sleeping in a dangerous place, not dressed for the weather or just having an all around tough time, there is help available.