If you as the general blogging public are concerned enough to discuss why vandelism is such a huge issue and how we can solve it, perhaps it would be a good to put your opinions to use and help the community out. Michael Curnes of the City of Prince Rupert Rec dept. is looking for people interested in the Citizens on Patrol Group.
I think the most frustrating thing about the vandelism is that we already have enouh run down buildings in this town and the vandals are damaging the successful businesses and honest hard working people which is just wrong and has to be stopped. This city deserves to be so much more and will be if the community kicks in…lack of resources and funding seem to be the issue most time…and will be until this city sees a great increase in economic revenue and…well your time is free, so maybe instead of blogging you could get out there and help make this place a little more safer.
The kids or whoever are commiting the crimes obviously need a good lesson that these kind of acts are completely illegal, unwelcome and they will be punished harshly.
You’d be volunteering very little of your time and in the end we’d all get a better, safer community that we can enjoy with less of these negative acts tarnishing our opinion of PR.
Here’s Michael’s post from last month’s city newsletter:
As each of you can appreciate, the streets and neighbourhoods of Prince Rupert are experiencing activities and signs of activities that compromise the integrity and the feel of safety so valued by residents and so admired by visitors to our community. To involve the community to be responsible for its own safety and well-being, the City of Prince Rupert and Prince Rupert RCMP are seeking volunteers to reinvigorate the Citizens on Patrol program. The Prince Rupert Citizens on Patrol requires volunteers to keep the program alive. The program is looking for volunteers that will assist the community by patrolling designated high crime areas to observe and report criminal activity. This helps keep the community safe by deterring crime. The patrol does not replace regular police patrols but supports efforts already in place.
To be a member of Citizens on Patrol you must:
Be nineteen years of age or older
Be a resident of Prince Rupert or own/operate a business within Prince Rupert
Be of good character
Pass a security screening required by the RCMP
At one time there were as many as 60 volunteers in our community but we are now in a position where the program may have to be cancelled due to lack of participation from community members. If you are interested in joining Citizens on Patrol please contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 627-0700 to add your name to the interested volunteer roster.