Business WatchThe Business Watch program in Maple Ridge has been up and running for one year. The RCMP and BIA have spoken to approx. 150 businesses in the target area. Just to remind everyone the target area is located between 222nd to 224th Street, from Dewdney Trunk Rd to Lougheed Hwy.

Useful tips on how 9-1-1 works in relation to the police

The RCMP focussed on ground level businesses, most impacted by street level crime, or street level nuisance behaviours.

73 businesses signed up for the Business Watch Program, and of those 73 businesses, 27 had a RCMP security assessment conducted at their business at no cost to the business. The security assessment consists of a RCMP member coming into the business and doing a walk through, looking for opportunities to improve security and safety of the premises and possibly reducing the likely hood of crime or crime related behavior taking place.

The RCMP is available to speak to any business with regards to community issues that are impacting their business and would like to hear some solutions or ideas on how to reduce these issues.

The RCMP is only able to do so much, but the real work comes from the community pulling together and helping each other. This can be done by talking with your neighbouring business about common issues that are impacting your area and being consistent with the approach. For example, a business may be experiencing difficulty with a garbage bin in the area not being locked and people are going through it and leaving a mess when they are done. A possible solution would be to speak with the owner of the bin and make sure they understand how the garbage is impacting you and your business and if the business is not receptive to your concerns, then you could escalate it to bylaws, as businesses must keep their garbage bins locked as per the bylaws.

The RCMP has sourced out an independent review of the Business Watch Program to gauge the effectiveness and usefulness of the program. The RCMP wants to make sure that we are making the best use of our resources when operating this program.

Gurpreet Sidhu a graduate of The University of the Fraser Valley will be conducting an evaluation for the RCMP. He will be selecting a number of businesses for interviews about the program, he will be also looking at what the RCMP and DMRBIA have done so far with the program and will be making recommendations moving forward.

The RCMP is asking that you as a Business Watch participant welcome Gurpreet into this process, in order to obtain a clear picture of how the program is progressing, measure its successes and decide if any improvements are required, or if the program is running just fine as it is.

Respectfully,
Ridge Meadows RCMP Business Watch Program

 


Hello everyone,

  The RCMP would like to remind everyone about the use of the RCMP Business Watch email. To date we have not had the response we had expected with this program and we are reminding BIA Businesses that this is a great way to communicate to us the non-emergency non-911 type police matters.

  The issues or concerns we would like to receive on the Business Watch email would be nuisance behaviours like pan handling, loitering, people sifting through dumpsters and such related issues.

  If you have any questions you can always call us at 604-463-6251 and ask for Community Programs which maintains the Business Watch program.

  If the matter is needing immediate police attention please call 9-1-1 and if the matter is needing a police officer to attend to handle the issue please call our non-emergency line at 604-463-6251.

Our Business Watch email: rm_business_watch@rcmp-grc.gc.ca - Please note the spaces are an underscore.

Best Regards,
Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment

Win Your Wish 2018

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Shop at any of the downtown Maple Ridge BIA businesses and you could win one of SIX fabulous prizes up for grabs!
The contest runs from Nov 23 until midnight Dec 31, 2018
More information at WinYourWish.ca  

Downtown Enhancement Project

Downtown Enhancement Project

Lougheed Highway: 224 St. to 226 St.
Construction Update #15

Council Approves Development Permit for Transformational Downtown Development

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On Sep 25, 2018 Council approved the development permit for Phase One of a seven stage development that will see the transformation of the property between Dewdney Trunk Rd. and Brown Ave. between Plaza St. and 224 St. to a mixed commercial and residential development.

Downtown Maple Ridge old street banners get a second life as reusable shopping bags!

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Eventually each downtown Maple Ridge street banner must be retired, so rather than sending them to the landfill we've come up with a very green idea — with the help of the Ridge Meadows Association of Community Living we transformed them into reusable shopping bags!

Maple Ridge Shopping Bags

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Downtown Maple Ridge Shopping Bags are here! Beautiful, colourful, reusable bags, with iconic Maple Ridge graphics.
Available in many downtown Maple Ridge retail stores.
Only $1 each, made from recycled materials. Get one while they last!

Downtown Maple Ridge Clean Team

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One card, 700 businesses to chose from!
The perfect gift for the local shopper on your list. Available in denominations of $25.00*, the certificates are available for purchase at the Downtown Maple Ridge BIA office, Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm.

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Security

Security

Any BIA member that would like to use Westridge Security Service in emergencies (at a reduced BIA rate) and have not set up alarm response for their business yet, can do so by filling out the form and returning it to Westridge Security. This is an " Alarm Response Signup sheet" (pdf) with Westridge Security, for DMRBIA members. 
" Alarm Response Signup sheet" (MS Word format)