Belgravia Watch: 1.ALERT : B&E – 6 instances, 2. end of the world 3. Direct Energy solicitation 4. Bottle pickers

In the past 10 days there have been 9 incidents between McKernan and Belgravia 6 of these are west of 114th street. The last noted B&E was yesterday.
As noted in the report below, this is very unusual for Belgravia. Thus, keep your doors locked and your vehicles and valuables locked up/hidden.

If you see anything suspicious please make the call NOW! 780-423-4567 for suspicious people and advise dispatch that we have had multiple breakins in the area. Or Call 911 if you see a crime in progress.
1. Police caution Belgravia residents to be on lookout for B&E suspect

For Immediate Release:11-Dec-2012 @ 12:04 PM

MRU #:12R196
EPS File #:
The Edmonton Police Service is warning residents of the Belgravia neighbourhood in Southwest Edmonton to be on the lookout for a suspicious male, after four break and enters were reported to police, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

“The neighbourhood of Belgravia suffered four daytime residential break and enters, all of which were very similar in nature and during office hours. This is very unusual for this normally quiet neighbourhood,” said Const. David Crisp. “We’re urging residents to report any suspicious behaviour in and around the area”.

Police believe their suspect is an unshaven, Caucasian male, 6’3″ tall and between the ages of 25 and 30 years. Witnesses reported he was wearing a toque with ear flaps and a blue winter jacket.

“It is our understanding that this male may have been walking through the Belgravia neighbourhood, knocking on doors to see if anyone was at home before breaking in.”

For crime prevention tips on how to protect your property please visit:

http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimePrevention/HomePropertySafety.aspx

Anyone with information that could help investigators in locating this suspect is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

2. End of the World – Keillor Road.
There was a meeting last month about the location
I will forward the information about the meeting to you in a later message.
In the interim before the city decides on its plan, public spirited citizens have torn down the fence that obstructed the view, set up a couch on the ledge,(just dont step off the couch, its a bit of a drop), taken down the signs( in case you felt bad about going down to the ridge) and have made it a bit of a destination.

The neighbours adjacent to the end of the world are still being rattled or antagonized by the visits to the site.
They would certainly welcome an option to open up the visible areas to attract a kinder, gentler visitor.

3. “Direct Energy” solicitation warning
I want to warn our neighbours that there’s a young woman in the neighbourhood today (Saturday afternoon) knocking on doors and saying she’s “visiting Direct Energy customers to renew their contracts”.

She sets the initial conversation up so people assume they ARE customers of Direct Energy.

The scam is that when they encounter customers who don’t remember who their energy provider is, they get them to sign ‘renewal’ papers, which, in fact, are new customer forms. Those forms allow DE to have the customer’s actual provider transfer the account to Direct Energy.

One Google of “Direct Energy + scam” will enlighten anyone.

My previous two encounters with this company (once when I actually signed up, and once when my in-laws were manipulated into signing up) caused me to say never, never again.

At the end of my DE contract, I signed up with Enmax, and it was like heaven! They retain their customers with good service and flexible choices.

Direct Energy holds customers with legal handcuffs that are very, very hard to free yourself from.

Cheers, all!

4. I have noticed more bottle pickers in the neighbourhood these past two months. this is unusual as normally there are not a lot of bottles in the alley.

Please advise your neighbours if they are leaving bottles out, ask them not to, there is a bottle drive in January for a summer camp program.

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