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Residents concerned about recent crimes invited to chat with Coquitlam RCMP

Do you feel uncomfortable in your own home since the Port Coquitlam armed robbery and a double homicide near Dawes Hill Park?

It seemed as if the Tri-Cities was the centre of crime last week.

Two of four suspects were arrested following an alleged robbery at a Port Coquitlam dealership and subsequent vehicle chase on Highway 1 that included armed officers walking through traffic on Nov. 22.

Nearly 24 hours later, two people died in a targeted shooting near Coquitlam's Dawes Hill Park that police believe is linked to Lower Mainland gang conflict.

The events have raised concerns among local residents — some were even rattled by the news — but Mounties are hoping people can be open on how they feel about their community's safety.

Coquitlam RCMP are set to host a pair of neighbourhood outreach sessions this weekend, allowing the public to provide questions and comments in light of the recent crimes.

"When a neighbourhood experiences a serious incident, we know that people can have questions around safety," a statement reads. 

"As an area resident, you and your neighbours have likely been directly impacted by the recent serious incidents....Our staff are trained in helping people cope with traumatic incidents."

RCMP are set to share tools and resources with interested participants that can help them feel more safe in their home.

Officers will also be providing tips on how to talk with children about serious crimes in their neighbourhoods, as well as steps to take to process traumatic events and dealing with related anxiety.

For more information, you can visit the Coquitlam RCMP's website.

The local detachment's outreach sessions are scheduled as follows:

Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam

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