100 lo­cals fight crime to­gether

God­win Chan Rich­mond Hill Ward 6 Coun­cil­lor

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

Ac­cord­ing to statistics from York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP), there had been a spike in break­ing and en­ter ing in­ci­dents in south­ern York Re­gion ear­lier this year. To help in­form res­i­dents on safety issues, I held a community safety meet­ing on March 6, 2017, with pre­sen­ta­tions from of­fi­cers from YRP. The meet­ing was at­tended by about 100 res­i­dents.

I com­mend YRP for set­ting up the Break and En­ter Task Force to fo­cus on this prop­erty crime, and for shar­ing tips on per­sonal safety.

Community mem­bers have shown over­whelm­ing in­ter­est in mak­ing con­nec­tions with neigh­bours to ex­plore the setup of a Neigh­bour­hood Watch pro­gram. As a re­sult of the community meet­ings that I helped fa­cil­i­tate be­tween March and July, four Neigh­bour­hood Watch groups have been formed in Ward 6.

As lo­cal coun­cil­lor, it is re­ward­ing for me to see neigh­bours get en­gaged and make con­nec­tions to keep watch for each other. In do­ing so, they raise aware­ness of un­usual ac­tiv­i­ties in the neigh­bour­hood so that po­lice could be alerted. A cou­ple of groups use so­cial me­dia to com­mu­ni­cate with each other on a real-time ba­sis.

In ad­di­tion to po­lice sup­port, such as pro­vid­ing Neigh­bour­hood Watch stick­ers and main­tain­ing on­go­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the Town of Rich­mond Hill will in­stall signs on pub­lic roads to show that a Neigh­bour­hood Watch pro­gram is in op­er­a­tion in the neigh­bour­hood. By work­ing to­gether, the community will help re­duce crimes in the ward, in­clud­ing prop­erty crimes. This is community spirit in ac­tion!

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