Monday, August 15, 2022

New SafeWalk initiative launched as part of Lethbridge Watch

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There really is safety in numbers and that’s exactly what Lethbridge’s downtown Watch is providing with its latest initiative.

With a simple phone call, the SafeWalk program will provide escorted walks to and from any location within The Watch patrol zone, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Watch Manager Jeff Hansen says this is something they had planned to do right from the get-go. “Starting today, the local community can access a dedicated line with is 403-715-WALK (9255). People con contact that number if they feel they need to be walked to a vehicle or another residence within the downtown Watch zone.”

SafeWalk is part of the city’s new downtown Watch program which hit city streets a few months ago. It’s all aimed at making people more safe when visiting or working in the downtown core.

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Hansen says The Watch has actually been performing informal SafeWalks since the program got underway and he expects this will actually be a heavily-used service. “I mean if we’ve done over 20 unofficial SafeWalks already, I’m guaranteeing we will probably see 4o to 50 calls a month.”

Hansen notes they knew they were going to add this new initiative once the Watch program had somewhat established itself after a few weeks.

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