Planning Your Move- Neighbourhood Crime Rate

Fri, 22 Feb by edmontonhomepros

When planning your move, Edmonton Home Pros knows that many families consider the neighbourhood’s crime rate. This detail is important whether you are moving with a family or purchasing your first Edmonton home. In an effort to prevent neighbourhood crime, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) developed a Neighbourhood Crime Mapping website in place. Established in 2009, it shows the number of crimes reported in each community, as well as the the areas where crime is being reported. By providing citizens with these tools, the EPS hopes to empower Edmontonians with the knowledge needed when making crime prevention decisions.

In order to use the interactive map’s features and view neighbourhood statistics, visitors to the website must agree to the terms and conditions set forth by the EPS. The map allows users to narrow their search results based on the type of crime and the period in which the crime occurred. The map is free to use and is compatible with various types of browsers including iPads. Although the crime locations which appear on the map are not the exact locations of which the crime was reported, they are within radius.

In late 2012, it was reported that crime rate in Edmonton had dropped during recent years, which is great news for Edmonton homeowners. Despite the decline in homicides and crime rates, the Edmonton Police Service continues to offer support services to residents. The Community Policing Bureau exists to target community crimes and patrol neighborhood areas which need the most crime prevention. The city is divided into 20 different policing districts. Each district has a corresponding Community Sergeant and Community Liaison Constable. Together they ensure community safety by working with community groups and residents. For more information on your community’s Liaison Constable and Sergeant please contact your local police station.

Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pro’s always keep your interests in mind when helping you find an Edmonton home. Our team of real estate professionals have extensive neighbourhood knowledge including crime statistics and family-friendly parks as well as surrounding areas. Contact Stephen Lau today and get connected to a neighbourhood specialist!

Edmonton Transit Lines Named

Fri, 08 Feb by edmontonhomepros

Photo by: theanaloglove

The names of Edmonton’s light transit rail lines have been revealed. In an effort to engage Edmontonians in the naming process, Leger Marketing issued a 2012 contest to name the current and future transit lines. This contest was the perfect opportunity for residents to play a key role in the identification of Alberta’s Capital Region. After carefully sorting through 900 submissions, Edmonton’s Naming Committee unanimously approved the final list of names on January 21st, 2013:

  1. From Northeast Edmonton to Heritage Valley – Capital Line
  2. From St.Albert to Health Sciences LRT Station – Metro Line
  3. From Lewis Farms to Sherwood Park – Energy Line
  4. From Lewis Farms to Ellerslie – Valley Line
  5. From Sherwood Park to Ellerslie – Festival Line

A stroke of creative genius or an irrelevant list of names? Either way, the recent news has Edmontonians talking. While the Energy, Valley and Festival lines are currently in the planning stages, Edmontonians can expect to see the new line names advertised right away.

Edmonton’s recent LRT additions come at no surprise to residents. The city has been playing catch up to other transit systems in the province. Our neighbours to the south have an intricate transit system which has expanded several times since 1895. Although Calgary’s Naming Committee selected conservative colour coded names for their C-Train lines, Calgarians are generally pleased with the system. Especially with their free fare zones!

Love them or hate them these names are here to stay. When our future generations are commuting throughout the city, the naming process will be all but a distant memory. For more information on the LRT lines visit the City of Edmonton website.

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