Real estate agents are helping the Belleville Police Service make neighbourhoods safer as part of a partnership known as the Realty Watch program. Because real estate agents spend so much time in our neighborhoods, they are ideally situated to notice suspicious activity in or around the homes they visit.
The Realty Watch program is designed to teach real estate agents crime prevention and proper crime-reporting techniques to get them involved in protecting property, possessions and themselves; therefore, the agents can help make our neighborhoods safer.
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A safer community will increase the overall quality of life in any neighborhood. Reducing vandalism, break & enters, assault and other crimes in any area can make properties more valuable and more marketable.
Law enforcement agencies cannot be everywhere, all the time. We continually rely on public assistance to help solve crimes. The real estate industry, with its vast manpower resources and its activity in residential neighborhoods, can provide extra eyes and ears to protect our communities.
Studies have shown that crime prevention is most effective when stakeholders other than law enforcement are actively involved. Most neighborhood crime in the City of Belleville is opportunistic and can be effectively reduced through simple crime-prevention techniques.
How Realty Watch Works
Real estate agents are provided with pamphlets from the Belleville Police Service. Through the use of pamphlets and awareness sessions conducted by the Quinte & District Association of REALTORS®, members are made aware of what is suspicious, the information required by the police and the obvious and not so obvious things to watch for.
Agents return to work, always keeping an eye for suspicious activity in the neighborhoods where they work. Realty Watch participants are encouraged to write down details of suspicious activity and telephone police immediately.
The Realty Watch program is a win-win situation for everyone.
Real estate agents benefit in several ways. First, it is much easier to sell a home, business or property if the area has a low incidence of crime. Second, agents will learn personal-safety tips and gain a better understanding of crime in neighbourhoods - information that will help them in the course of their work.
Homeowners can gain peace of mind knowing that trained eyes are keeping watch on listed homes. Neighbours throughout the community will also benefit. If crime is occurring in and around a listed home, it is likely to be affecting surrounding homes.
The Belleville Police Service benefits with added eyes and ears that agents bring to our communities. Having a force of trained observers in our neighbourhoods will help us fight crime and make Belleville safer.
If you are interested in learning more about Realty Watch please contact our crime-prevention officer at 613 966 0882 #2266