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WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – The broken window theory of crime prevention

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WITH THE spectacular Winter Block Party event over, we can finally kick up our feet and relax for the holidays, or can we? The CAP Team is happy to be working for you!

Today we have for you some informative tidbits from our Crime Prevention Package (CPP’s) to assist both businesses and residents on street issues that are sometimes overlooked.

In all cities, the risk of crime is unfortunately the cost of doing business in highly populated and condensed areas. Due to the CAP team’s close partnerships with the RCMP, Bylaws department, and other outreach services, our Crime Prevention Packages contain nothing but the most useful tips that have worked time and time again.

Even the smallest change can result in a positive domino experience. Here are some general crime prevention themes that exist within the CPP to shed light on certain topics.

General crime prevention advice can fall under certain catagories. The first general term is The Crime Triangle. For a crime to take place there needs to be at least one of these specific factors.

These contributing factors are: victim, offender, and opportunity. If you remove one of these factors from the triangle than no crime will occur. Looking closely at this, let’s examine the “opportunity” section of the triangle.

This transitions into the Broken Window theory. This is the theory that if a crime looks as though it has been committed there, such as a broken window, a crime will be more likely to occur and sometimes even more serious in nature.

Many communities have experienced this effect. By fixing problems that occur right away, even minor ones, this can have a great impact on the future of things to come. When keeping a property well maintained, graffiti free and inviting to the public, will exponentially deter crime from the area.

Speaking of a space being inviting to the public, this brings us to the last general crime prevention term. This term goes by the acronym CPTED. This stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. CPTED principles affect elements of the built environment ranging from the small-scale (such as the strategic use of shrubbery and other vegetation outside of stores) to deter crime.

You want to be able to see everything going on inside a store looking in from the outside. Even around the sides of buildings with clean shrubbery reduces places potential intruders could hide. Crime doesn’t want to be seen, so proper lights and clean buildings can reduce many potential issues.

The CAP Team Crime Prevention package focuses on more of these issues in depth, including a self assessment that businesses can use to identify potential hazards and fix anything that might be an issue for the future. Give the CAP Team a phone call to schedule a free appointment to get your CPP today.

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

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