Vandal Watch Encourages People to Look, Listen and Call
Want to help reduce vandalism in Port Coquitlam? As the days grow longer, Port Coquitlam residents are encouraged to sign up with Vandal Watch so they can safely and easily report and possibly prevent vandalism at parks, schools and other public spaces.
The City of Port Coquitlam program, offered in partnership with School District 43, provides access to an anonymous 24/7 tip line for reporting acts of vandalism or rowdy behaviour, which is often a precursor to vandalism.
As soon as a call comes in to Vandal Watch, security personnel are dispatched to the scene to investigate, take action or involve the police.
There is no cost to participate, and no expectation to actively monitor or patrol an area, or confront any vandals. The program simply enables residents – particularly those who live near or frequent areas commonly targeted by vandals – to safely and anonymously take action if they see or anticipate an act of vandalism.
All calls are anonymous and confidential; callers are not required to identify themselves or provide their name or phone number.
Vandalism such as graffiti and broken windows cost the city and School District 43 tens of thousands of dollars every year. Vandal Watch operates on the premise that vandals rely on people not paying attention, and therefore may think twice about causing trouble if they know someone may be watching.
The program is ideal for people who live near or use schools, parks, community centres and public spaces and for existing groups such as parent advisory councils, neighbourhood groups and Adopt-a-Spot participants.
To learn more or sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/vandalwatch.
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Manager of Parks Services
City of Port Coquitlam