Grandview Heights-area residents received practical tips on home and personal safety last week, during a crime-prevention seminar organized by area Block Watch groups.
The Oct. 7 seminar – held at the Kensington Prairie Community Centre – featured RCMP and local security experts, who addressed topics including identity theft, social media and ways to make your home less attractive to thieves.
Organizers say despite crime statistics, the Grandview neighborhood is routinely targeted by those with nefarious intentions. One of the most disturbing of late was the Aug. 12 sexual assault of a senior in her home. A Langley man was arrested early last month in connection with that attack.
A key message last week from Const. Amber Briggs and Cpl. Stephen Jardine regarding phone and Internet scams was simply to be aware and ask questions.
Briggs also cautioned attendees that everything they write or post on social media is immediately owned by the application, regardless of how long it’s online for.
Other presenters – whose information was also translated by a Mandarin interpreter – included security consultant Frank Fourchalk, Burglar Stop’s Dan Courchene and Rick Reimer, and South Surrey Crime Prevention Programs co-ordinator Ashley Sousa.