Bearberry Crime Watch Committee – update

As advertised the Bearberry Wapitana Society initiated a first follow-up meeting how to prevent Crime, such as break & enters and especially poaching, in the Bearberry area. This meeting was held on February 10, 2020. It was attended by 23 Bearberry Residents.

The meeting was meant to gather information and ideas what the Bearberry residents could do to help each other in the event that

  • someone sees a suspicious vehicle in their driveway,
  • strangers trespass their land,
  • scouting on private land,
  • seeing or hearing someone shooting out of hunting season,
  • shooting wildlife from vehicles, etc.
  • and any other suspicious behaviour.

We learned that there were incidents over the last years and people got frustrated because they got the impression that there was nothing done by local authorities. Therefore the attendants came to the conclusion: “We have to help ourselves”  and communication is the key for success.

In an effort to reduce crime in the area, it was discussed, that we will be creating a Bearberry Crime Watch Fanout list.  Because not everyone has his private phone number listed in the local phone book and maybe someone doesn’t have a land line, there is no chance to reach your neighbours anymore. Therefore, in order to be able to reach as many interested Bearberry residents and to follow the Privacy Act Law we need to get permission from everyone who would like to be on this distribution list. This list is different from the one the Society uses for updates about upcoming events or other information sent from time to time.

The Bearberry Crime Watch Fanout List will be communicated between those Bearberry residents who express their interest to get informed about ongoing suspicious activities in the area. The idea is that one neighbour informs the other neighbour and from there the words are spreading. There will be not one single person responsible to inform everyone!

If YOU, as a resident or landowner in Bearberry, would like to have YOUR name added to the list, please email the following information to Alex (lingerwood@icloud.com):
1. Your name (s)
2. Location (TR/RR)
3. Preferred method of contact info (cell phone, home phone, email, messenger, etc.)
4. Second method of contact info

Alex volunteered to create a database with the provided information. With your information you give us permission to distribute your contact info’s within the Group.

The Bearberry Wapitana Society just recently created it’s own “Bearberry Community Hall” Facebook page where we will post messages about ongoing events and issues in the Bearberry area. https://www.facebook.com/Bearberry-Community-Hall-294176483964293/
We hope we can use this tool to spread out the word about suspicious activities in a timely manner as well.

Our preference is to send out information via text fanout, but we recognize that not everyone uses their cell phones constantly or is not a Facebook user. Therefore it is important to be on the fanout list.

Please spread the word to others in the area you know who may not have Facebook or email access. Thanks!

There will be a follow up meeting on May 11th, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the Bearberry Community Hall to “prepare” us for the May long weekend! In addition we would like to get feedback from participants and suggestions what works best at that meeting.