Charlottetown security firms to share info with police

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Charlottetown Police Services is expanding a program to share with private security staff news and views of criminals and crime activity.

It will put up a link on its web sites that security firms can enter to share information, said Councillor David MacDonald, chair of Charlottetown's protective and emergency services committee.

He made the announcement at the January city council meeting this week.

"Once the security groups log on to this new site they will be able to view entries that other retailers have made," said MacDonald. "They will be able to place their own entries on there. For example, if somebody is served with a trespass order in one of the stores, that will be on there so other retailers around the city will know about that."

Such a program already exists in the downtown, but is being expanded to the major retail areas further out, said MacDonald.

He said that a police committee meets regularly with the Downtown Business Association and one part of that connection focuses on security operations.

There are security staff at the Confederation Centre, the Confederation Court Mall, the parking garages, for example.

"What Police Services has been able to do is pull these groups together a little bit, offer some training, coordinate their responses so that it has become a much more efficient and cohesive (system) from a security services point of view for the downtown," said MacDonald.

"The mayor has long been a proponent of making sure that the things that happen downtown, happen throughout the city," he said.

"We are now going to approach the large retailers in the northern part of the city, Home Depot, the mall, those kind of things.

"It is kind of exciting," said MacDonald. "We are hoping that it works as well as it did downtown. We got a very positive response from the downtown business community."

narmstrong@TheGuardian.pe.ca

Organizations: Police Services, Downtown Business Association, Confederation Centre Confederation Court Mall Home Depot

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • the law
    January 17, 2013 - 09:54

    Don't forget that anything that happens in court, becomes public knowledge !!

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      January 18, 2013 - 14:43

      Then let's be sure to publish the mounties picture and all the gory details of his drunk driving or refusal conviction. Good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Island Girl
    January 17, 2013 - 09:32

    How about the people that have never been charged with a crime and suddenly their picture is posted in other stores ...This has happened to me as I was in a cashiers lineup with a so called person that may or may not have done something (i don;t know) and was included in the picture and this was brought to me by my Sister -in Law talk about embarassed, as I work as a professional and to be thought of as a criminal and questioned by a family member about the picture was UN-REAL !

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 17, 2013 - 08:01

    I agree with honey boo boo. I can smell the lawsuits coming. This stinks of privacy violations. If a security company employee was to publish my name on such a site without a court order I would suit them immediately. Business owners who participate in such a list would also lose my patronage. Step on my rights and then watch me step on yours.

  • Cb
    January 17, 2013 - 07:18

    Honey boo boo, in your example, he IS a criminal, and a convicted thief, and should be treated as such. There are career thieves out there that are robbing stores blind. I don't believe a convicted thief should be able to operate and steal in other stores just because the other stores dont know you and this sort of system is a move in the right direction. Sick of laws protecting criminals.

  • Honey BoO bOo
    January 16, 2013 - 23:08

    if somebody is served with a trespass order in one of the stores, that will be on there so other retailers around the city will know about that." If they have a trespass order at one store, sharing this information with others is still a privacy violation against that person. Security companies have no right to share any personal information without a court order. Let say somone named "Les the Dog" steals a package of meat from Sobeys downtown. Now if he goes to court and a trespass order is placed. Sure he can't goto sobeys again, yes sharing information allows other stores to keep an eye on him. But his rights are being violated at the same time. He may decide to shop at the Home Depot to actual buy something, but because of him being on a secret list he is now being looked at by the staff as a criminal? Other people know personal information that has been issued. This is a violation of Privacy, hopefully the privacy office will see it that way. Since when does the City have the right to violate privacy?

    • IMO
      January 17, 2013 - 06:37

      In my opinion, if someone is stupid enough to commit a crime, they should lose all of their privacy rights when it comes to the potential for them to commit a similar crime at another location. Maybe if we stopped treating our Island criminals like victims and treated them more like criminals we wouldn't be hearing of break-ins, theft, robberies, impaired driving and so on every day. I bet if you were a good business owner you'd like to know if Joe Smith stole something from another local retailer.

    • Tracey Campbell
      January 17, 2013 - 07:28

      He is a criminal!

    • Uncommon Sense
      January 17, 2013 - 07:37

      @Honey Boo Boo......... so everyone that's not a thief will have nothing to worry about. I don't see the problem.

    • Les the dog
      January 17, 2013 - 08:14

      So, I'm welcome at your place? Merci!