REACH Edmonton

May 10 to 16, 2015 marks Alberta's annual Crime Prevention Week.

It is important for neighbours and communities to get to know each other, as it is easier to identify and solve community challenges together.

This year, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and REACH Edmonton partnered to recognize Crime Prevention Week with a joint proclamation, a Hard Target seminar and an LRT Walk/Ride event.

"Partnering on community-focused events such as these allow us to strengthen existing relationships and inspire citizen engagement," said Lindsay Daniller, director of community initiatives and development at REACH Edmonton. "By doing so, we can work together to make our city safer."

The week of awareness will kick off with an official launch event at EPS headquarters, May 11, at which the joint proclamation will be presented.

To provide crime prevention tips to the public, a social media campaign will run Monday through Friday (May 11-15) on the EPS and REACH social media accounts. Each day will focus on a different topic such as theft from auto, property safety, responsibilities of cyclists and drivers, personal safety and home safety tips when on vacation.

The main event for the week is a special edition Hard Target session set to take place May 13. This full-day personal safety seminar will take participants through the most proven and effective strategies for reducing the chance of becoming a victim of crime, and how to get out of a physical situation should you find yourself in one.

In addition, law enforcement officers and community agencies will be out at Central LRT Station on May 14 to bring awareness to transit commuters on an array of safety issues such as theft.

Join in the campaign using the hashtag #CrimePrev2015.