Crime prevention checks in at Burnaby motels
The City of Burnaby is hoping to deny crime a place to stay by training hotel staff to identify suspicious activity and crime-proof their establishments.
Burnaby is reviewing and will likely introduce the crime-free hotel-motel program that includes training about when police should be called.
“It’s not that there’s a huge increase, but there is activity that goes on from time to time,” said Coun. Paul McDonell, who is also the Community Policing Committee’s vice-chair.
McDonell said the classroom training for staff is followed by a tour of their operation to point out weak points like overgrown shrubbery suited to hiding or areas where more light is needed.
He said criminal activity tends to move around depending on police presence and added most of Burnaby’s 15 establishments aren’t a problem themselves. Occasionally, however, a motel or hotel can become an issue itself.
“We’ve had problems with some where prostitution is a problem,” he said. “We’ve had some where we give warnings, but there’s been one where we shut them down.”
The Burnaby RCMP said the program, developed initially in Arizona, is similar to Block Watch programs.
McDonell said Burnaby would likely implement the program as part of its overall crime prevention initiative.