Winnipeg police hope to curb the North End's arson problem by going door to door and talking to residents about how they can protect their homes this spring.
The police service has teamed up with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and Citizens on Patrol to visit homes in William Whyte, a neighbourhood that has often been targeted by arsonists.
Officers are giving homeowners and renters tips on reducing their arson risk, such as by storing flammable materials safely, installing alarm systems and trimming trees and shrubs near buildings.
Residents also received a list of emergency and police phone numbers they should call if they notice anything suspicious in their neighbourhood.
"Regardless if it's arson or a traumatic incident that happened in the neighbourhood, [we're] just being that police presence and helping the residents out in the neighbourhood," Patrol Sgt. Wendy Basic said Wednesday evening.
Police have also been taking a proactive approach to dealing with property crime in River Heights, with officers talking to homeowners about preventing break-ins and theft.