Police in Nanaimo are lauding community policing for its efforts to reduce crime in the city.
According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, 42 volunteers have contributed over 3,000 hours in crime prevention, and among the most successful ventures, 529 Garage, a bike registration and recovery service, which saw 433 signees.
In addition, over 7,600 vehicles were inspected by volunteers under the Auto Crime program, stated the release, and 90,000 vehicles were observed with the Speed Watch program. Volunteers also teamed with businesses, agencies and other citizens for six neighbourhood safety audits, leading to six to eight crime prevention initiatives, dependent on specific neighbourhoods, the press release said.
Community policing members also spent 556 hours watching Nanaimo neighbourhoods, reporting 37 suspicious or criminal incidents to law enforcement, according to Nanaimo RCMP.
“We are so pleased with the skill-set and diversity each and every volunteer brings to the program,” Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson, said in the press release.
Christy Wood, community policing coordinator, said she is grateful to all who have devoted their time to the program.
“The Nanaimo RCMP is truly blessed to have such amazing committed and innovative volunteers,” said Wood in the press release. “Even under such stringent COVID safety protocols, they continue to bring vital crime prevention programs to Nanaimo.”
People wanting to join Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing can call 250-755-3163 or e-mail email@example.com.