Langford cleans up to deter crime

The wooded area near Jacklin Road and Langford Parkway will get a pickup tomorrow (Nov. 26).

The wooded area near Jacklin Road and Langford Parkway will get a pickup tomorrow (Nov. 26).

Langford Clean Up Day is a response to increased complaints loitering, people drinking in public, mischief and graffiti in the area. There have also been a couple cases involving robbery and assault, said West Shore RCMP.

Along with a traditional garbage pickup, volunteers will paint over graffiti, trim bushes and trees and eradicating some vegetation to create sight lines in the park area.

“We are changing the environment. It’s a proactive measure,” said Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz, West Shore RCMP.

The land is owned by BC Hydro while the City of Langford maintains a trail it built through the trees.

“We want everyone to feel safe when they are walking through the well-maintained trail,” said Langford Coun. Lillian Szpak. “We have seniors carrying groceries and kids who are travelling between recreation and the mall and we want it done safely.”

West Shore RCMP,  Langford Bylaw Enforcement, BC Hydro, Victoria Grizzlies, Odeon Cinemas West Shore and West Shore Town Centre will all participate in the cleanup.