Property Crime investigators from West Division recently launched a new crime prevention initiative called N.O.C.C (Notification of Community Crime).
As part of the program, officers partnered with Neighbourhood Watch and community volunteers to canvass various neighborhoods in Ajax that have been affected by an increase in residential break and enters. In addition to informing residents of the increase in property crime in their neighbourhood, members and volunteers also discussed crime prevention strategies and responded to community safety concerns.
The N.O.C.C initiative took place February 27 and March 6 and saw DRPS members and volunteers attend 1447 residences. While subsequent analysis will be conducted on the frequency of property crimes in the targeted areas, the community's initial response to the program was very positive. Many residents expressed their appreciation for DRPS being present in their neighbourhood and attempting to proactively address a community concern.
Members of both existing and developing Neighbourhood Watches assisted in this important outreach by speaking with homeowners about the benefits of the Neighbourhood Watch program and signing up any interested persons to join their local Watch. They also distributed useful crime prevention literature and an invitation to an upcoming Fraud Prevention Seminar to be held on Thursday April 14th at Vimy Ridge Public School at 40 Telford Street. This is an example of true community engagement, and will form a template for other similar outreaches in the future.
Anyone looking for more information about the Neighbourhood Watch program in Durham is encouraged to contact the Regional Coordinator Morgen Dobson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-579-1520 ext 5610.
NOCC initiative (JPG file, 1,187.6K bytes)
NOCC Handout (PDF file, 46.3K bytes)