At the end of September, Councillor Janet Davis (North of Danforth) hosted a community safety meeting to discuss how safe people feel in the community and what we can do to help make our neighbourhood safer. DECA attended along with representatives from other community organizations. There were many suggestions about ways to share information and engage neighbours and businesses to help keep our community safe. Below is the summary of the meeting that was distributed by Councillor Davis.
1. Danforth East Community Association (DECA)
– DECA has a safety committee and has conducted safety audits in the community. Residents are welcome to join.
– For information about the association and membership and to subscribe to the great DECA Blog for regular community and event updates, visit DECAs web site at www.danfortheast.ca or www.decadiaries.wordpress.com
2. Toronto Police Services
– Visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/d54/ to sign up for Community and Business e-mail alerts, read the Community Bulletin, and find division contact numbers.
– Visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/graffiti/ for more information about the Graffiti Eradication Program.
– The police strongly advised that people report every incident and concern to the police in order to make them aware of problems. To report a non-emergency situation, call 416-808-2222.
– 54 Division crime indicators (which includes this community) are down. To view crime statistics online, visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/statistics/ and follow the instructions.
– For more information about crime prevention and the Neighbourhood Watch program, visit the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto (CPAT) at www.cpatoronto.org.
3. Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC)
– The mission of the 54 Division (which includes our community) CPLC is to work together in identifying, prioritizing, and problem-solving of local policing issues. If youd like more information, contact Mary Reilly at 416-461-7553 (w), 416-425-2628 (h) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– To apply to join the CPLC, call Cheryl Bremner at 54 Division at 416-808-5419.
– Watch for information about the upcoming 54 Division Town Hall, happening in early November.
4. City of Toronto Services
– To report property standards issues or to request bylaw enforcement – or for any other City services – call the new City of Toronto information line that is now open 24 hours/day and 7 days/week.
– The Earl Beatty Community Centre offers programs for children and youth throughout the week. For information about those programs, call the Centre at 416-392-0752 or visit the Fun Guide online at www.toronto.ca/parks.
– Call Councillor Davis office anytime or visit her web site at www.janetdavis.ca for help with these or any other community concerns.
5.Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area
– The Danforth Mosaic BIA is working to improve the look of the street, stage lively events, work with police on security issues, and entice both locals and people from throughout the city to frequent local stores, restaurants and services.
– Visit www.danforthmosaicbia.ca for more information about BIA events, including the upcoming Pumpkinfest in East Lynn Park on October 8 from 3:30 to 7:30.