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Residents being asked to keep eyes open

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With a recent string of break-ins in east Winnipeg has the Winnipeg Police Service aiming for change.

The WPS is seeking to grow the grassroots of crime prevention starting with a Neighbourhood Watch meeting at South Transcona Community Centre (124 Borden Ave.) on June 26. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

WPS crime prevention clerk Heather Smithson said a police constable will speak about the importance of the program in the community.

"We have to get people to be more vigilant reporting their break-and-enters, and reporting their attempt break-and-enters, reporting attempt stolen vehicles, and being the eyes of police," she said, noting residents should call 911 if they see a crime in progress.

Smithson explained captains receive a telephone message when there is a nearby break-and-enter. Those people are responsible for distributing that information to the rest of the people on their block.

As of December 2012, the Citizens for Crime Awareness (CfCA) District 4, which serves the area, had captains on 346 blocks serving over 11,000 homes.

Those looking for more information can contact CfCA District 4 via email at
cfcadis4@mymts.net or by phone at 204-338-5175, or Smithson at 204-986-6322.

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