100 locals fight crime together
Godwin Chan Richmond Hill Ward 6 Councillor
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!