Sunday, August 29, 2010

Langley Teens help catch Armed Bank Robber

Well this is a heart warming tale and a lesson for all of us. Two teens noticed someone suspicious coming out of the TD at Willowbrook. They wrote down his license plate and gave it to the police.

It turns out he had just robbed the bank and had previously robbed two other banks in the area. The police were able to follow up on the license plate and apprehend the suspect. Clearly a job well done.

It was a simple task really. They noticed something suspicious and wrote down the license plate. They didn't pull a Jason Bourne and disarm the assailant. Writing down a license plate is something all of us can do.

This applies to the gang war. If we see someone driving a car shoot at someone, don't jump in and put yourself at risk. Stay back and write the plate down. Try to get physical descriptions too. Sometimes that's hard when the adrenaline is pumping but if you make a conscious effort to remember how tall, how heavy, hair colour, clothes or tattoos, that can help police apprehend a suspect.

Gangs think as soon as they pull the guns out everyone runs for cover. OK most do. Yet once we've secured a safe location we can observe things like plate numbers and give them to the police. This is clearly a step in the right direction towards public safety. All those cell phones with cameras that can take videos can be very discrete yet very helpful as well.

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