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Town of Ponoka offers new crime prevention program

Simple changes to your landscaping, lighting and fencing can help protect your home or business
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The Town of Ponoka is offering a new crime prevention program to local businesses and residents called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

“CPTED focuses primarily on identifying landscaping, lighting and perimeter fencing recommendations that property owners can implement to discourage crimes from happening on their property,” said Wes Allison, the town’s Community Peace Officer (CPO) in a release.

“It’s all about helping to keep their home or business safe and more secure.”

Allison has been trained on CPTED principles and on how to deliver the program by the Edmonton Police Service Crime Prevention Unit.

He will be working with businesses and residents in Ponoka who would like him to come and do an assessment of their property to identify changes they can make based on CPTED principles.

“I think property owners will be surprised by how simply making some landscaping changes can help deter crime from being committed on their property,” he said. “The program has proven to be very effective in communities where it has been implemented.”

He added the assessment is free and after an assessment, it will then be up to the property owner to implement the recommendations that are made.

For more information about CPTED and to book a free assessment of your residential or commercial property, phone the town at 403-783-4431.

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