Quebec City Citizens on Patrol

Quebec City Citizens on Patrol

The story you are about to read is true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

It was Monday morning and our heroine, a mild-mannered elementary school librarian, was puttering around the house before leaving for work. As she passed by her front window, she happened to glance across the street towards her neighbour’s house. They must have left both their front and back curtains open because she could see right through to their backyard. It was at that moment that a shadowy figure quickly crossed the living room. Bunny thought it odd that someone was in the house, especially since she had seen her neighbours leave earlier.

Bunny informed her husband Joe of her misgivings. He was ready to make the call to 911, but Bunny told him to wait. That was until she saw the burglar making his escape out the back door. “He’s getting away!” Bunny shouted as she grabbed the phone and dialed. She headed out her front door so she could observe his getaway from the porch. The 20-something male took off across the snow covered lawns. Everything happened so fast that there wasn’t much time to think, only time to react. Joe made a dash for their green Camry and was quickly in hot pursuit. Bunny could be heard yelling down the street “The police are on their way!”  “Leave me alone!” the perturbed perpetrator shrieked back dropping one of his bags in the process. A passing mail carrier retrieved the bag and Joe swerved to miss him. Somehow in all the confusion the fleeing felon managed to get away.

Their neighbours returned home and waited at Bunny and Joe’s place as the police “CSI’d” their place (that was the term they used). When the officers had finished they informed everyone that a window had been broken and the thief had cut himself on it leaving blood on the floor. He had messed up the place pretty bad in his search for valuables. The officers thanked Bunny and Joe for getting involved and admitted that it was somewhat unusual for them to have done so. In the end, they did catch up with the crook. Unfortunately, he had already ditched their neighbour’s precious belongings.

According to Statistics Canada data from 2006, Québec City, Trois-Rivières, and Saguenay had the lowest crime rates of any city in Canada. Today’s Parent magazine rates Quebec City as the best city in Canada for families. Perhaps that’s why Bunny and Joe decided to move here and start a family. Would every Quebec City resident be as vigilant as they were? Probably not, but ordinary people can sometimes do extraordinary things, especially when the safety of their surroundings has been shattered. Quebec City is a safe place to live, perhaps even more so if you happen to live down the street from Bunny and Joe.

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About Author

Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.