Membership

Role of Rural Crime Watch Members

  • Encourage further membership growth through positive promotion of GPDCWA
  • Report unusual or suspicious activities and occurrences to RCMP, 911 and or GPDCWA, depending on the situation.
  • Respond to fan out calls if warranted.
  • Post your Rural Crime Watch sign on your property as soon as possible.
  • Make an inventory of your own property and mark it with a Trace Pen or some other individual marking such as your driver’s licence number. Marking your items would help identify them in the event they were stolen, the RCMP could return them to you.
  • Keep your membership contact information and dues up to date. It is difficult for the membership Director to contact thousands of members each year so if you pay in advance, your membership just stays running smooth. Keeping contact information up to date ensures you get fan out calls and e-mails as needed. Again, please contact a Director or the main number should you move.
  • Attend information and election meetings for your area. Any time you feel a meeting is warranted in your area, just speak to your zone Director to arrange one. Typically there are not more than 2-5 a year.
  • Reporting to the correct authorities is more helpful than you know. One person CAN make a difference!

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Apply for a Rural Crime Watch Membership

Download the application form and mail it to us for review once complete. Questions? Email us.

 

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Member Benefits

  • Criminal record check will be done on members. This also means when you see a sign on a neighbors fence, you know that you have another safe team member as well.
  • Fan out phone calls (e-mails in some areas) are made to members from an automated system to keep you updated as fast as possible of any suspicious or criminal activity in your area. The system will also be used to let you know of upcoming meetings you are welcome to attend.
  • Bold, recognizable signage for your property. A bold yellow Rural Crime Watch member sign will be loaned to you to help deter intruders. Often thieves see these signs and are uncertain what the sign means and will move on to easier prey.
  • A voice in crime prevention provincially. The larger the membership base, the better since the directors of the zones meet and president of the organization will take the concerns of the group to provincial meetings to speak on behalf of all concerned members.
  • As a member you have a vote at GPDRCWA elections and of course you can also become a director yourself. Only members in good standing with paid dues have this option of course so keep your dues paid up. This is how you can have a voice and advocate for safer communities.
  • As a member of a larger membership base, there are many that can be called to patrol an area if that is ever needed. That area may be yours one day.
  • You get to be the “eyes and ears” of your community and help make it safer.

 

Important Details to Watch For

Questions to ask yourself to help clarify descriptors with phone-in tips:

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  • Were they male or female?
  • How many people did you see for certain?
  • If you had to guess, which category would you put their age? 16-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 60+.
  • What race or national origin would you say the person or persons were?
  • Could you estimate their height? (use your own height as a starting point)
  • What was their build like? Husky, slim, muscular, heavy set are some examples.
  • Could you tell if they had short or long hair? Colour of hair?
  • Did you see any tattoos or scars that would distinguish this person from any other? If so, what type and where on their body were the tattoos or scars?
  • Were they wearing any jewelry that stood out?
  • If it was a male, did they have any facial hair? Beard, moustache, goatee, or sideburns.
  • If it was a female, did she have any distinguishing features? Example: manicured nails in specific colour.
  • What type of clothing were they wearing? For example: Jeans, hoodie, t-shirt, dress, dress clothes, sweat pants, and jacket.
  • Did you notice any of the other clothing like coats, footwear, etc.
  • Were they wearing anything that stood out to you? A ball cap, a hood, a toque, gloves, coveralls or anything one could spot from a distance? Clothing that didn’t fit well?
  • If they spoke, did you notice anything about the speech? What was their tone like? Did they have any accent? Did they lisp?
  • Did they use slang?
  • If they were on the foot at all, did you notice if they had a limp or any impairments?
  • Did they appear to have anything that could be considered a weapon?
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  • Which would you consider it to be? Car, truck, van, SUV, motorhome or other.
  • Was it older or newer?
  • Dark or light in colour?
  • One or more colours on the body of the vehicle? Specific rusty areas are helpful too.
  • Do you recall anything in or on the back of the truck? For example: jockey tank, jockey box, ladder, spare tire, dog/animal, equipment, ATV, tool box, welding equipment, large bumper, extra lights, a deck, or perhaps rails on the box sides?
  • Was the vehicle higher or lower than normal?
  • Anything unusual about the vehicle, such as body damage, severe rusting, stickers or company logos?
  • Did it appear to have any mechanical issues? Loud muffler, noisy motor or any other feature that might make is have issues later on a country road? Was it having trouble in the driving conditions perhaps?

 

 

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Apply for a Rural Crime Watch Membership

Download the application form and mail it to us for review once complete. Questions? Email us.

 

Download Application