DECA volunteers Diana Gibbs and Laurie Smith met up with Rob McDonald from Division 55 last week at CakeTown for a chat about neighbourhood safety. Here are their tips on keeping our vibrant community safe and welcoming over the summer:
“Active, busy neighbourhoods are the safest.” That’s the message from Rob McDonald, Crime Prevention Officer at Division 55 and good news for DECA – a beehive of activity over the summer. “DECA is a great example of promoting safety by building community and has made a huge difference along their stretch of the Danforth.”
DECA is served by Division 55 south of the Danforth and Division 54 north of the Danforth. Overall, our area has relatively few incidents but Rob stressed that residents should be sure to report any concerns or minor issues, such as car break-ins or noise complaints, by calling Central Alternative Responseat 416-808-2222. Depending on the situation, they may send out a patrol car. But more important, these calls are tracked and reviewed weekly by the Division to look for patterns or areas for special focus. “The community sets the standard and gives us valuable information; it’s not a crime if we don’t know about it.” he said.
This month, Division 55 officers are visiting all our local parks to “set the tone” for the summer and discourage late night private partying. Rob also offered a few security tips for residents such as:
- keep your front door and windows locked if you are gardening or entertaining in the backyard
- ensure your car is locked and there is nothing of value (even small change) in sight
- lock up your strollers and bikes
- driveways and lanes should be brightly lit; avoid dim (mood) lighting on front porches
Want to know more about crime prevention in our community? Check out the Facebook pages for Division 54 and Division 55 and you can also follow Rob on Twitter @tpsofficerrob. Ingrid Hannah is the Crime Prevention Officer for Division 54 and can be reached at (416) 808-5429.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Trees, Trees, Trees! Ward 31 Tree Workshop
Join City of Toronto Forestry staff, LEAF (Local Enhancement for the Appreciation of Forests) local tree advocates at a Tree Workshop for Ward 31 residents.
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