The City of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service (EPS) reminds everyone to remain alert, exercise caution and use the available regular and valuable lockers and the bike lock area to secure personal items whenever visiting a City of Edmonton recreation centre.
“There has been a string of non-violent thefts lately at our facilities,” said Cindy Driscoll, the City’s Supervisor of Emergency Preparedness, Public Safety and security “As we see more and more people coming back to our facilities post-pandemic, we want to encourage everyone to practice caution to deter theft regularly. Our valuable lockers are free to use and located in public spaces to help reduce thefts.”
There are concerns of thefts, particularly at Clareview, Terwillegar, The Meadows, Commonwealth and Mill Woods Recreation Centres. There is signage in various locations throughout the facilities ranging from the front counter, change rooms, and digital signage to remind patrons to secure their belongings. Facility staff also encourage patrons to use the convenient and free valuable lockers in public areas with security cameras and are typically close to the front counter areas. Types of thefts that have been occurring include everything from bags and clothing to wallets and car keys.
“When citizens visit City facilities, we want them to feel safe and secure and remaining aware of your surroundings is one way we can all work together to achieve this goal,” says Sergeant Dan Tames, Corporate Communications, EPS. “If you notice suspicious activity or experience theft, don’t hesitate – notify the facility and report it to the police as soon as possible.”
The City of Edmonton and the EPS value our residents’ and staff’s safety and security and the protection of personal and public property at City facilities. Everyone should be able to access and benefit from City recreational and cultural sites, services and resources in a safe, enjoyable and respectful manner. If you see anything suspicious, please report it to City staff and contact the EPS non-emergency complaint line at 780-423-4567 / #377 for non-emergencies or call 911 in an emergency.