Safe communities are maintained through residents reporting any incidents that they observe, so that the community and police can see adverse safety trends in their early stages. If you witness a crime or see the results of it, we strongly recommend that you report it to the police in a timely manner. In addition to law enforcement reporting, you may post any safety concerns that you have as a comment to this page and the SVRA will ensure that any safety items are directed to our community safety coordinator for resolution and reporting.
14 Division – Home Security Tips
Most thieves look to steal small, expensive easy to carry & conceal items – cash, wallets, purses, credit cards, identification, jewellery and electronic equipment. Remember to take steps to safe guard these items. Don’t give a thief a free opportunity, remember to lock your doors and windows.
• Make sure all doors, windows and skylights to your house and garage are always closed and locked.
• Park your vehicle in a locked garage if possible.
• Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
• Use your exterior lighting. Regularly check to ensure all exterior lighting around your home is powered and operational.
• Install exterior lighting around the complete perimeter of your home if you don’t already have it.
• If you hav e a back alley or easement, be sure no unauthorized person can get into this area.
• Beware of landscaping that may provide cover or concealment for someone lurking around your home.
• Trim back trees and bushes on your property. Make use of hostile plants with thorns to keep out unwanted people.
• Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your home with the promise you’ll do the same for them. Concentrate on houses where people are away on vacation.
• Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on in your neighbourhood.
• Report any suspicious person(s) or events to the police.
People going away should take extra steps to help ensure home security. Put lights on timers, make arrangements to cancel newspaper delivery, have door to door flyers picked up and have someone check your home regularly. Never leave notes or recorded messages which let people know you are not home.
You should report suspicious people or events to the police at once.
9-1-1 Should be used for the following emergencies:
•Crime in progress – situations where the safety of people or property are at risk
416-808-2222 Should be used for non-emergency situations.
416-222-TIPS (8477) – Crime Stoppers – Report anonymously to police any information regarding a crime (or online at http://www.222tips.com) Text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Further tips follow this link: http://on.fb.me/Zghp5P
Message prepared by P.C. Gord Reid #1703, 14 Division, Crime Prevention
As a part of November 10th’s SVRA meeting, PC Kozak from 14 Division spoke to community members about the most recent incidence of Break and Enter Crimes plaguing the neighbourhood.
A summary has been written up detailing a series of prevention strategies and the protocol if you find yourself a victim of a (break and enter) crime. To read the Crime Prevention Strategy and Protocol Summary: Community Awareness Document_draft1
While the number of home and automobile B&Es have declined significantly, there have been reports of homes continuing to be broken into via a rear entry point, and articles such as keys, laptops and those easily converted to cash, like jewelry have been taken. Area cars continue to be targeted. Most of the crime in our Zone (3) of 14 Division has been commercial “smash and grab” and 3 significant arrests have been made relating to these crimes.
VIGILANCE is so important!
So is calling it in – reporting enables the police to link and reference crimes. Reporting can result in an officer attending the crime scene and filing a report. An occurrence number will be generated that will correspond to the report. The police use a program called KIPS in case of arrest that operates using and relies on the information gathered from the reports that are filed. It is all interdependent. So CALL IT IN – no matter how large or small the crime.
PC Murphy advised us that should a victim of a crime want a copy of the police report they must go to headquarters (with their occurrence number) to request this in person and a service fee is required. He informed us insurance companies typically pursue this and absorb the fee.
14 Division has increased the number of plain clothes officers patrolling the neighbourhood and walking the laneways.
ACTION: The SVRA is initiating a Neighbourhood Watch program. We are also looking into a number of fun community events partnering with area business and BIA’s, St. Albans’ Boys and Girls’ Club and our neighbours to the west Christie Pits Resident’s Association. More details to come soon!
To read Safety Chair John Trenholme’s safety brief that includes police call numbers and procedure to reporting a crime please read: Community Awareness Document_draft1
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COMMUNITY SAFETY WALK with Councillor Vaughan’s office, Toronto Police Constable Gord Reid and Municiple Leasing and Standards Supervisor, Joe Mahalhaes .
Submitted by John Trenholme – SVRA Safety Committee Chair – February 2012
Hi All – A quick summary of the January 12th neighbourhood safety walk: On January 12th, members of the SVRA and Toronto Police Services’ 14 Division met for a neighbourhood walk, with the purpose of better identifying potential problems areas within Seaton Village, particular in the laneways. Constable Gord Reid, along with Supervisor Joe Mahalhaes from Municipal Leasing & Standards, led the walk. While there have been fewer property transgressions and break and enters in recent months, ongoing diligence from residents of the community is crucial.
Eyes in the streets and laneways continue to be our best defense against crime, theft, and mischief in Seaton Village.
A few preventative measures that ALL residents should take:
- LIGHTS: Install motion lights in the side alleys adjacent to your home and on garages overlooking the laneways. Keep porch lights on overnight. Use timers to create the illusion that someone is awake or active in your home at all hours.
- ACTION: Most mischief in the alleys happens at night when things are quiet and dark. We need to increase laneway activity. Clear snow from your section of the laneway. Walk the laneways when you’re passing through the neighbourhood. Runners, jog the laneways. Dog walkers… (but please clean up after your pets!). Regular activity in the laneways will make unwanted visitors less likely to congregate there. And, by the way, if you come across someone in the laneway, engage them and say hello! You’ll either make a new friend in the neighbourhood, or rob an unwanted visitor of his/her anonymity.
- SECURITY: Lock your doors, windows, gates, and garages. Keep valuable items like bikes and strollers locked away and out of sight, and don’t leave purses/phones/iSomethings in easy view of a front or back door.
14 Division does the best job they can, but they can’t be expected to be everywhere at once.
To help them do their job better, we need to provide them with good information on patrolling Seaton Village. Here are a few key resources for sharing that information:
311: Our best resource for non-emergency improvements in Seaton Village. Is a streetlight or laneway light out in the neighbourhood? Is there a huge pothole on your street? Is there new graffiti or a litter issue? Inform the city:
- Call 311,
- Email email@example.com,
- or DM them via Twitter @311Toronto.
416-808-2222: If you’ve been the victim of theft or vandalism, call the police immediately and file a report.
416-808-1500: If you see suspicious activity (ie. Questionable people congregating regularly in the same place, loud noises in unusual places, etc.), report it.
911: If you are witness to a crime as it’s occurring, call 911 immediately.
Remember to ensure your safety first, and take down as much valuable information as possible: suspect height/weight/clothing, vehicle makes and license plate numbers, etc.
You can also sign up for 14 Division’s Community Automated Notification System, and receive regular communications updates from the TPS, either by phone message, text message, or email.
Sign up here: https://webapp1.torontopolice.on.ca/tpslinks/tpslinks_main.htmlIf you are on Twitter, you can also follow 14 Division @TPS14.
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