NEWS

July 2, 2018

A neighbourhood Facebook group has been created for Pleasantview residents who are committed to working together to prevent crime and ensure a safe community. If you live in Pleasantview and would like to be a member, please search for Pleasantview Watch on Facebook and request to join the group.

June 25, 2018

Did you know there are a number of services available to help with protecting your property? Check out sites like: Edmonton Police Service's Crime Mapping website, click here. Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch has tips on protecting your Home

Your home is the most valuable asset you have and it is worth protecting. Take the Home Security Quiz to give you an indication of the level of security in and around your home and use this Home Security Checklist to help you protect your home.

Here are some tips to help you keep your home safe.

When at Home

  • When in your backyard lock your front door and vice versa.
  • When in the home, it is a good idea to keep your doors locked.
  • Consider keeping your blinds/curtains closed at night so people can't see in.
  • Consider installing an alarm system.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared.
  • Never leave your children at home alone.
  • Be wary of strangers coming to your door.

When on Vacation

Vacation is a time for fun and enjoyment. You can make each trip more enjoyable and carefree if you take a few simple steps to reduce the possibility that your house will be burglarized or vandalized while you are gone. A vacant house, or one that appears to be unoccupied, is an appealing target for a burglar.

  • Arrange to have your mail picked up and consider stopping newspapers.
  • Remember to have the grass cut, the leaves raked or the snow removed as necessary.
  • Use timers on a few lamps in rooms where the light will be noticed from outside the house.
  • Have a neighbour check both inside and outside the house every few days. Ask them to pick up items delivered while you are away.
  • Ask a neighbour to park their car in your driveway / designated parking stall.
  • Have someone put out your garbage cans on garbage pick-up day.
  • Don't announce your vacation on your voicemail or social media.

In Your Yard

The following outdoor belongings are often targeted by thieves:

Ladders: If you keep ladders out, be sure to chain or padlock them. A ladder can be used to gain entry to second story windows. If at all possible, store the ladders in a shed or garage.

Tools: Put tools away after a day of yard work. Lock them in a shed or in an enclosed garage area. Screwdrivers, hammers and pry bars can be used to break into your home, garage, or vehicle.

Tables and chairs: Use a chain or a cable to lock your patio furniture.

Bicycles and other ride-on toys: Always put them in a garage or shed. If you do not have either, lock them to something that can’t be moved.

  • Trim trees and bushes that could conceal burglars, especially around windows and doors.
  • Keep your yard maintained to give the house a lived-in appearance. Cut grass, rake leaves, remove dead branches and debris.
  • Install motion-sensitive outside lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows.
  • Ensure your fence and gate are in good repair - check for holes and damage that may need repair. Keep your gate locked at all times and ensure the lock works properly. A lock or latch that self closes and can be padlocked when you are away is recommended. Install privacy slats in chain link fences.
  • Plant spiky plants along the perimeter of your yard and under windows to deter intruders.

June 25, 2018

Edmonton to host world leaders on safe public spaces

The City of Edmonton and United Nations Women will co-host the 2018 UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders Forum this fall. The forum will look at ways to advance the safety of women and girls here at home and across the world.

Around 250 leaders and experts from more than 20 countries will gather in Edmonton from October 16 to 19, 2018, to share and discuss evidence-based approaches, leading practices, tools and innovative strategies to make urban public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls.

Edmonton is the first city in the global north and the third city to host the UN Women Global Forum after New Dehli, India, in 2015 and Mexico City in 2017.

“The forum is a unique opportunity to demonstrate that the City and its partners are unwavering in our commitment to ending gender-based and sexual violence against women and girls,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We know where we have work to do, and we will not stop until we’ve achieved equality for all Edmontonians.”

An initial Safe City study completed in 2017 in Edmonton found that sexual violence affects the daily movements of women in public spaces. Sexual violence is a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. It can be physical and/or non-contact, such as verbal harassment, groping, following and stalking.

The places women and girls are subjected to sexual violence include transitional place, for example, to and from school, work and home. Indigenous women and girls and those between 13 and 18 years of age are most at risk.

The City of Edmonton was the second Canadian city to become a member of the United Nations Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative. Our participation will help Edmonton learn from cities developing innovative local strategies to address and prevent sexual violence.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/safecityUN

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NEW Intergenerational Programming Toolkit Outlines How to Build Inclusive City for All Ages The City of Edmonton is committed to building an inclusive city for all ages.

This toolkit, and accompanying resource guide, was designed to assist organizations to plan and implement intergenerational programs.

This programming provides opportunities for generations to socialize, learn and grow together.

By developing intergenerational programming in our communities, and connecting citizens across generations, we hope to achieve our vision of a truly age-friendly city.


"Hello, Let's Eat!"

A reminder if you are planning a neighbourhood or block party event this summer:

We're excited to let you know about the launch of a new, collaborative pilot project: "Hello, Let's Eat!". The project supports Edmontonians who wish to host community meals by lending place settings and food service equipment at no cost, supplied by River City Events. We hope to encourage community members to share meals together, get to know one another and learn more about what connects us


Reach out to prospective student volunteers at Macewan's Get Involved Volunteer Opportunities Fair!

When: Wednesday, September 19 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: MacEwan University, Multi-Purpose Room (6-106) 10700 104 Ave

This fair provides MacEwan University's 19,000 students with opportunities to learn from you (non-profit, charitable organizations, on-campus organizations and other community partners).

Students are interested in what you do and what types of opportunities may be available to them.

Register now to give your organization space at the event!

Click here for more info.


Winter Design Workshops

For those of you who are working on building or landscaping projects:

Why use a winter lens when designing?

Create inviting spaces for people to enjoy our beautiful, sunny winter days!

Make buildings and their surroundings better for year-round use!

Get a better return on your investment!

Interested in finding out more? Invite us to host a workshop tailored to your needs. We're happy with any format, too: informal coffee chat, lunch & learn, formal presentation.

Email us at wintercity@edmonton.ca


Winter Roadways Survey

Winter is over, and now it's time to review the City's new approach to snow clearing.

Last winter's pilot project helped us explore the most effective products (sand, salt, chloride) to use in the least amount possible for road conditions. And instead of just plowing and sanding, the City added an anti-icing step as a proactive measure to help keep arterial and collector roads, bike lanes, sidewalks, trails, and bus stops free of ice.

Fill in the survey to help our Infrastructure Operations Team improve our snow and ice removal program!