Kamloops, BC – As part of ongoing efforts to provide a safe and livable community, the City’s Community Services Division, in partnership with the RCMP’s Crime Prevention Unit and Kamloops Fire Rescue, have been working with the hotels and motels on Columbia Street West’s upper corridor to complete Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessments.
To date, six CPTED assessments have been completed, which have provided recommendations to individual property owners for improvements towards the security and aesthetics of their individual properties, allowing them to work towards being removed from the City’s nuisance property monitoring list.
With the co-operation of the businesses and partner agencies, the City has seen a dramatic change to the upkeep and processes of the properties assessed, and as a result, service calls for the area have dropped significantly in a short period of time.
“This proves that through a combined effort and by property owners applying some simple CPTED recommendations, we can achieve a successful outcome,” said Kevin Beeton, the City’s Community Services Supervisor.
Recommendations from the CPTED reports vary for each property but include elements such as:
- lighting improvements
- access control—locking doors and gates
- landscape and property maintenance—clean parking lots and removing items stored on balconies or entrance ways
- robbery prevention—lock out auto crime signage, height strips on doors, video surveillance, limiting cash on hand, and improve lobby to exterior sightlines
- property fencing to limit persons using the area for shortcuts
The City of Kamloops would like to applaud the efforts of the hotels and motels on Columbia Street West for their diligent work in working towards reducing calls for services and instances of crime on their properties. The following properties have been removed from the Nuisance Property monitor list as a result of the effort and due diligence of the property owners:
- Best Western Plus
- Panorama Inn & Suites
- Grandview Motel
- Ramada by Wyndham
- Columbia Motor Inn
- Knights Inn
The Community Services Division will continue to work with the hotels and motels in the corridor and complete assessments with the remaining properties.
To learn more about services offered or to submit a CPTED request, visit Kamloops.ca/CPTED.