Crime & Safety Awareness
Hello everyone, my name is Greg Long and in October 2015 I joined the West Rouge Community Association Board (Director of Crime, Safety and Security) and I am our Community Police Liaison Committee representative. To tell you a little about myself I have lived in the community for just under 2 years now. When my wife and I were looking to purchase a house we looked at several communities in the city of Toronto. As soon as we visited West Rouge it stood out among our short list because of the community. The welcoming atmosphere of the neighbourhood, the clean and well maintained abundance of parks, the highly regarded schools and the recognized and long standing Daycare within the community made West Rouge the perfect choice for us. Since we moved in I truly feel that this community is a fantastic place to live which is why I decided to volunteer my time. It is us as members of this great community to make the difference by holding each of us accountable to keep our homes, streets, plaza’s, schools and parks safe and enjoyable for everyone.
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” – Albert Einstein
Major Crime Statistics West Rouge
In 2015 there was a decrease in all major crimes in West Rouge with the exception of property damage / collisions, which stayed approximately the same number compared to 2014. Our community is regarded as one of the safest in all of 43 Division with a small percentage of all incidents in the division occurring here. That being said it is because of the citizens like you who care and monitor our community that keeps us safe.
Increased Pedestrian Accidents & Fatalities
In 2015 Toronto Police reported 64 traffic fatalities in which 38 of them were pedestrians. Simple suggestions to eliminate these occurrences are to: wear bright coloured and reflective clothing at night (if you are taking a pet for a walk purchase a reflective leash), stay on sidewalks where possible, if a sidewalk is not present walk so that you can see vehicles approaching towards you rather than from behind, all motor vehicles must provide cyclists at least 1 metre clearance on their passenger side when driving by them and most importantly do not blindly cross a street without looking both ways or walk across an intersection on a red light. There are numerous times in today’s day and age where pedestrians are typing on their smart phones as they are walking which is a contributor to pedestrian accidents. It is strongly advised to keep your attention on your surroundings while walking on streets and sidewalks, that text or email can wait or just stop and complete it at a standing location.
House Security – Residential Burglaries
Break and Enters generally occur during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours. Very few occur at night as most citizens believe. The average criminal spends one minute attempting to breach a door or window to a home and five minutes inside the home. Criminals use a number of “occupancy probes” to determine if anyone is home prior to breaching a door. Occupancy probes include knocking on doors to see if there is a response and phoning the residence to see if anyone answers. If someone is knocking at your door, you do not have to answer it, but you should make your presence known. The vast majority of criminals are not looking for conflict when they break in. Once a criminal is aware that someone is home, they’ll often move on to another home. Below are some simple proactive tips in order to assist in preventing a burglary in your home.
- The correct strike plates on all exterior doors are very important. A 6 screw strike plate will eliminate potential thieves from shoulder push or kicking in an exterior door
- Deadbolts on exterior doors are not a 100% solution to keep thieves out as the door frame could give way into the drywall. It is suggested that all deadbolts are used on doors with the proper framing. It is suggested that you consult a professional to make sure you are installing the correct locking mechanisms. This situation occurs primarily in townhouses/ apartments where exterior walls are not brick but aluminum siding or drywall
- Police suggest as per statistics, that the best deterrent for burglaries are to install higher rated locks with un-copiable keys. This will eliminate majority of residential burglaries and stop anyone from copying entrance keys at a local store
- In order to increase window protection, cover windows with 3M protection tape. This will significantly increase the durability of the window so that a suspect will not be able to gain entry quickly and thus leave
- Plant rose bushes in front of exterior windows to deter suspects from gaining access. Police statistics show there are less burglaries from houses with rose bushes below window entrance
- 43 Division is offering free Crime Prevention Through Environment Design (CPTED) audits for residential and commercial properties in the community. A CPTED audit will look at the exterior design of your home, landscaping, visibility from the street and door security and provide feedback on how you can make your home or business less vulnerable to break and enters. Please contact 43 Division to make arrangements for a CPTED audit
Message from Toronto Police Service – 43 Division
As the tax season approaches, 43 division has experienced an increase in enquires from concerned citizens that someone identifying themselves as being from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has phoned to collect back taxes.
In each case the person claiming to be from the CRA has used high pressure tactics such as a limited amount of time to pay and legal action has been threatened. In many cases the fraudster has advised that the CRA will send the police to collect owed monies or will demand that a pre-paid credit card be purchased as payment. The police DO NOT collect back taxes for the CRA.
While many identify the scam immediately upon picking up their phone, some do not have an understanding of the role of the CRA and the police as different governmental bodies and have been victimized. The elderly, who may not have someone to immediately seek advice from, have been targets although all age ranges and cultural backgrounds have been targeted.
The following excerpt has been taken from the Canada Revenue Agency’s website and the guidelines will help the reader from becoming a victim. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca is also an excellent resource in defending yourself from all types of fraud.
- never requests prepaid credit cards;
- never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
- never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
- never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
- Is there a reason that the CRA may be calling? Do I have a tax balance outstanding?
- Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
- Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
- How did the requester get my email address or telephone number?
- Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
Toronto Police Service contact information
- Emergency 911
- Non-Emergency 416 808-2222
- General Inquiries at 43 Division 416 808-4300
- 43 Division Community Response Unit 416 808-4308
- Parking Enforcement 416 808-6602
- Crime Stoppers 416 222-TIPS (8477)
- CPLC website 43cplc.blogspot.ca
- Facebook 43 Division – Toronto Police Service
- Twitter @TPS43Div
*All Toronto Police Service related statistics can be found on the CPLC website under the subcategory ‘TPS CRIME STATISTICS’
PUBLISHER’S NOTE – Milldock Drive Incident on January 28, 2016
There has been community concern over the tragic accident that occurred on the night of January 28th on Milldock Drive within the West Rouge Community. Toronto Police Service has indicated that the incident that occurred has been classified as a fail to remain (“hit and run”) accident and it may be that the driver didn’t know that they had struck the victim. There is no reason to believe that anyone else was or will be in any increased danger because of the incident. If you have any further information related to this incident please contact 43 Division or Crime Stoppers at the above numbers provided.