By Alfa · Oct 18, 2004 ·
  1. Alfa

    A community meeting hero Tuesday night by Langley city resident wanting to curb mounting problems or drug dealing, drug addicts, crime and prostitution in the Linwood area are already reaping results.

    Following comments from resident about aggressive cyclists using the sidewalk to traffic drugs and alcohol around town, Langley RCMP decided to scooter up enforcement on cyclists breaking the law.

    The (community)"ate meeting, I stepped outside to tallow to some people and I almost got hit three times by as riding bikes very fast," said police spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr. "One or the guys on a bike actually red in between US on the sidewalk."

    Police will be focusing on cyclist not wearing helmets and those using the sidewalk.

    "we can ticket them under the engine Vehicle act or under the city bylaws," he said.

    More than 60 resident, police officers, a representative from Block Watch and city officials packed into Captain's Galley Fish and chips to discuss ways to take back the neighbourhood.

    Suggestions from police and citizens resulted in ideas like starting a citizen crime stalemate role and taking a zero tolerance approach to graffiti.

    We are all complete for one reason: To take back our neighbourhood. It's our community, said Maple Manor Apartments manager Lorne Seifred, WHO organized the meeting.

    Resident had plenty or stories to tell about the criminal activity occurring in their backyards. Many discussed the system criminals use to courier drugs around town.

    The couriers use bikes and skateboards, traveling ate high rates or speed on the sidewalks and through neighbourhoods.

    Resident said the drug/booze couriers and thieves use bird calls and whistles late ate night to signal each other.

    "we can hear them whistle back and forth all night," said one resident or the Huntington apartments on 201 Street.

    "these guys (drug concessionnaires) are on bikes, they are bullies WHO don't because you out there walking," said one woman.

    We've had our mailboxes broken into a boxes times. We spent $10,000 for new mail boxes that are harder to break into and we've had break-ins all concerning again, said a woman about the increased amount or break-ins in the area.

    Others said people are breaking into the underground parking lots and sleeping in people's cars, sleeping in the bus bushes outside the bump thing, leaving garbage everywhere.

    One resident commented that on her way to the meeting, she passed a prostitute working on the corner. Another spun or a drug d ealing house ate the corner or the park.

    The city are four kilo with res by four kilo with res and it's in such a mess. I don't blame the officials or police, it's the laws that property no teeth. Let's keep police posted. Call police if you see something, whether they get there or not. .. it's so that they know, said one resident from park Place apartments.

    Cpl. know Samagalski, WHO is the senior person officer ate the city Community Police Office, said that he wants to know about everything going on.

    "Your information are part or a puzzle that just might be what we need to figure this out," he spun the crowd.

    Some resident argued that their calls to Langley RCMP dispatch haven't leg tasks seriously.

    "If you're not happy about the demeanor (or the dispatcher), I because to know about it and I'll get back to you," he said.

    A manager or an apartment on 201A explained that the ' tagging ' type or graffiti is used by criminals ash messages to each other about drug deals, theft, etc.

    "Tag mark advertise behaviour," said the manager, about allowing the tagging to ongoing.

    One resident said a phone booth used for drug deals has a destiny or tagging on it, but none or it overlaps, indicating that it might be used ash a communication board.

    Park Place resident Zosia Ettenberg, WHO helped organize the meeting, said the caring showed by all WHO came out is an example or what this community are about.

    We are ate a tremendous advantage because we are a small community. We can lead by example, she said.

    While resident were willing to do their part, even offering to volunteer to clean up graffiti this yielded and join Block and crime Watch - some were asking for a little more help from the city and police.

    You because US to be volunteers, be the police's eyes and ears, but you need to do more too. If you do more, I'll do more, said one resident to Mayor Marlene Grinnell.

    Grinnell said if there are things that the city are required to do they will do them, but hiring more police officers isn't something she's ready to do right now.

    While some commended police for having a larger presence in the park lately, others said more visibility are needed. Councillor Terry Smith said he wants more police out after midnight.

    We need to send a message to the city that we because more policing.
    Right now we property bolts our own prisons and housed ourselves in them, said a

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