Getting Around

Safety

LPS Watch Program

This program will assist in improving the public safety in downtown, parks, and other areas throughout the city that attracts negative users.


S.A.G.E Clan

S.A.G.E which stands for Serve, Assist, Guard, and Engage, is a patrol team that is tasked with engaging the Aboriginal community through convesations, presentations, and participation. This group responds to individuals that are in need of assistance as well as other duties such as needle debris collection.


Safety Tips

The BRZ has been working hard to address the safety issues in the downtown area and establish new programs to respond to these concerns. 

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

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 bards with you to handout
  • 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 them and may persist
  • Firmly say, "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 panhadlers.

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 alam.
  • 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 a well!
  • Do not smoke while walking down the street. Panhandlers know that if they cannot get change from you, then they can probably get a cigarette.
  • Avoid needless displays of money.


Safety in your Vehicle

  • Do not 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.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.