Safety has remained the number one issue for downtown businesses, and the BRZ works hard to establish new programs to respond to the concern.

The Downtown BRZ has created safety contact cards for you to download, print and display.
Download the Safety Concern Card 

Safety Tips

Overall, downtown Lethbridge is just as safe as other areas of the city. However, these tips will help keep you feeling safer anywhere you may travel.

Tips when approached by a panhandler

·       Smile and say, “No, sorry.”

·       Carry food like granola bars with you to hand out

·       Refer them to a social agency for help

Discouraging aggressive panhandlers

·       Walk with a purpose

·       Don’t initiate conversations

·       If they talk to you, don’t ignore them, because they might think you didn’t hear and may persist

·       Say firmly, “No, I’m sorry, I can’t help you.”

·       If possible, walk away from the situation

·       Call the Lethbridge Police Service

The simple fact is that panhandlers will go where they get money. To discourage panhandling near your business, workplace or residence, encourage people to find a positive alternative to giving change to panhandlers.

Safety on the Street

  • Crimes occur when they can be done quickly, quietly and without being seen.  Make an impact on any one or more of these factors and you’ll reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

  • Strength comes in numbers.  Two is always safer than one!

  • DO NOT carry weapons, but carry a personal safety alarm.

  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear.

  • Stick to busy, well-lit streets!

  • If carrying a purse, place it securely between your arm and body.  Do not use the shoulder strap, which can be easily grabbed.

  • When approached by a panhandler simply say “no, thank you” or “no, sorry.”  Avoid negotiations or saying things like “I have no change” because they take bills as well!

  • Do not smoke while walking down the street.  Panhandlers know that if they cannot get change from you they can probably get a cigarette.

  • Avoid needless displays of money.

Safety in your Vehicle

  • Do no leave valuables in your car. If you must leave valuables in your car, place them in the trunk before you arrive at your location.
  • Don’t leave purse or valuables in plain view both when you are driving and when you are parked.
  • Drive with doors locked and the windows closed.
  • Keep your gas tank a quarter full.
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.