Comox Valley RCMP host robbery prevention/community consultation meetings

Community meeting to be held Wednesday, March 21 at K’ómoks First Nations Hall

On Wednesday, March 21, the Comox Valley RCMP will be hosting a robbery prevention symposium and holding the annual community consultation, looking for the public’s input regarding the detachment’s policing priorities for 2018/2019.

The symposium/consultation takes place at the K’ómoks First Nations Hall 3320 Comox Road, Courtenay .

The robbery prevention symposium runs from 6-7 p.m.; the community consultation runs from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

The robbery presentation addresses two areas for businesses to consider:

1. Physical changes – sight lines, security devices, alarms, decoy money, etc.

2. Procedural changes – opening/closing procedures, money handling, staffing, etc.

The presentation also discusses what to do during a robbery and what to do after.

“With a noticeable increase of robberies in the Valley, we thought it would be a good time to help educate local businesses, to ensure the safety of their employees and customers,” said Comox Valley RCMP media relations officer Const. Rob Gardner. “This is also the time of the year Inspector Walton has an open community consultation, when he wants to hear from the residents about what we are doing right or wrong and what they’d like to see us doing for them.”

The seating will be limited to two people per business. Interested businesses must send an e-mail to comoxvalleyrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

If seating is filled, this symposium will be held again in the future.

The RCMP encourage businesses to attend the robbery prevention symposium and citizens to attend the community consultation.

“Let’s work together to make the Comox Valley a safer place,” said Gardner.

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