Do you feel safe in our community? I have not heard safety or crime as an election issue from my canvassing in our ward. This doesn't mean Ward 3 should not be vigilant in ensuring decreased crimes in our community. Etobicoke Centre residents may not be aware of some of the crimes or dangers. Below are a list of statistics, links and advice on how to prevent being a victim of crime.
There are many resources that show that the top tracked crimes are decreasing. Specific crime statistics from Toronto Police Services (TPS) are narrowed down to Divisions; our division encompasses Etobicoke Centre & Etobicoke Lakeshore. Please note that not all crimes on chart below are entirely Ward 3's, crimes also from Etobicoke Lakeshore.
How do you find out about crime in our community? There are links below that show neighbourhood crime statistics. They document location/date/crime and also overall statistics. The CBC crime map will narrow down a neighbourhood and crime, interactive and interesting to see the change in crime rates from 2004 - 2011. Take a moment and see what crimes may have been committed in our community.
NOTE: Etobicoke Centre consists of the following neighbourhoods: Markland Woods, Etobicoke West Mall, Eringate-Centennial-West Deane, portion of Princess-Rosethorn.
Etobicoke Centre is a safe community but continued vigilance by all residents can ensure that crime remains low. Click HERE to access crime prevention pamphlets from TPS on a variety of topics to keep you safe. Pamphlets I would suggest reading are: Apartment Safety, Auto Theft, Home Security & Protect your Children. Pamphlets are great ways to show children what to be aware of and what to do in a situation.
A crime that children understand on a personal level is the theft of a bicycle. In context, it can be devastating to have something they cherish taken away from them. TPS recovers hundreds of bicycles a year, with approximately 20% returned to the owner. Have your bicycle registered with TPS HERE. Being registered will allow TPS to contact the owner if a bicycle is recovered. Bicycles that are not registered may eventually be auctioned off. It only takes a moment but is important to have a chance of recovery.
Another way to keep crime low is by participating in a Neighbourhood Watch program. Although the neighbourhood names may be slightly different, Central Etobicoke has a Neighbourhood Watch Program. It is a wonderful resource for additional websites and information. I would recommend adding this link to your favourites: Central Etobicoke Neighbourhood Watch
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
- Do not keep car keys visible at home
- Do not leave valuables visible in your car
- Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity to the Police
- Keep home windows and doors locked
- Keep ladders locked away, second floor windows accessible
- Be aware of WHO you let into your home or speak to on phone
- Ask for identificiation, verify with company if unsure
- Do not give out personal information
Only together can we prevent crime in our community. I hope that the links and information provided will help in being aware how you can stay safe.
Your Ward 3 City Council Candidate,