White Rock, BC, teen Pamela Joy Cameron is murdered and buried less than
four blocks from where she was last seen. Paul Cameron, her father,
had contacted his REALTOR® to enlist the help of REALTORS® in
her search. He pointed out that REALTORS® in general would be an
excellent resource to help search for missing persons. The concept for
Realty Watch was born.
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) launch Realty Watch as a
neighbourhood watch program, similar to Block Watch. The Fraser Valley
Real Estate Board (FVREB) is one of the first boards in Canada to implement
Fraser Valley REALTORS® receive a Crime Prevention and Community
Safety Award from BC’s Ministry of Attorney General for demonstrating
“commitment, perseverance and innovative thinking in the interest
of helping police officers, municipalities, and Fraser Valley citizens
to build safe communities.”
The FVREB expands Realty Watch to include a direct REALTOR® fan-out.
Upon police request during business hours, over 1,500 REALTORS®
are text messaged to be on the lookout in emergency situations.
Langley RCMP activate a fan-out for a runaway 11-year old boy. A REALTOR®,
in the middle of an open house, receives the text description on his
pager, looks through the front window and spots the boy. He calls 9-1-1
and very relieved parents are reunited with their son.
The Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) joined Fraser
Valley’s Realty Watch fan-out program taking the number of REALTORS®
being text messaged to over 2,000.
Thanks to a donated pager from Surrey’s Apex Communications to
the FVREB, the fan-out system goes 24-7. REALTORS® in charge of
Realty Watch carry the pager at all times. If police contact the FVREB
after-hours to initiate a fan-out, the pager goes off, any time, day
or night. The FVREB wishes to thank Messaging Solutions Inc. for donating
the fan-out paging service to all of its REALTORS®.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) launch a Realty Watch
fan-out pilot project in Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities
(Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam).
Another success, this time in Ontario. A REALTOR® in the Niagara
region spots a missing senior citizen and calls in the information.
Thanks to technological innovation, the REBGV is able to text message
it’s entire membership simultaneously.
Realty Watch is now 12,000 + REALTORS® strong across BC’s
entire Lower Mainland.
In Langley, a REALTOR® was instrumental in helping RCMP locate a missing teenager. The REALTOR® shared her fan-out text message with a friend, who unbeknownst to her, knew the missing girl. As they were reading the message together, the girl phoned. Police were contacted and she was reunited with her loved ones that afternoon. See the complete story on the What's New page.
In a Media Advisory, the Surrey RCMP credit a REALTOR®, victimized in a harrowing robbery and confinement, for her conscientious and quick assistance in the investigation, allowing police to make a quick arrest. They also praised Lower Mainland REALTORS®’ crime prevention program: Realty Watch. The Fraser Valley Board sent a text description of the two suspects to its 3,000 plus members. See the complete story on the What's New page.
Two high-ranking Lower Mainland police officers, Superintendent Andy Hobbs, of the Vancouver Police Department and Inspector Richard Konarski, of the Langley RCMP addressed a packed house at Realty Watch's 9th Annual Police Breakfast held in Burnaby. Both commended REALTORS® for taking the initiative to implement the Realty Watch program, adding that active community involvement in assisting police is vital for the safety of our neighbourhoods and cities.
The White Rock RCMP credit Realty Watch for helping them locate a missing, vulnerable senior within one hour of asking for their assistance. See the complete story on the What's New page.
For the first time, Realty Watch partnered with the BC Crime Prevention Association (BCCPA) to host its flagship event for police at the BCCPA's two-day regional crime prevention symposium. In doing so, the Breakfast, sponsored by the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver boards, achieved its greatest exposure and highest attendance ever with almost 200 REALTORS®, police and crime prevention advocates from across the Lower Mainland and BC coming together.
A Port Coquitlam REALTOR® was driving home when she saw an elderly person on the sidewalk matching the description of a Realty Watch fan-out requested by the Vancouver Police Department. This case reminded us that a missing person could be found anywhere, not necessarily near their home or where they disappeared. See the complete story on the What's New page.