On February 27th, about 50 residents braved the elements to attend a Crime Prevention seminar hosted by Councilor Fonseca. The evening featured presentations by Peel Police including our own liaison officer Constable Sandro Strangio.
The focus of the meeting centered around tips for keeping your family and our neighborhood safe through awareness. Residents were advised that the key to a safe neighbourhood was watching out for the unordinary and advising the police of any and all
unusual activity on your street. While major crimes will get higher priority, the police confirmed that they do check into all requests from concerned citizens. This means that just because an unknown car has been parked on your street for two days, the police may not respond within the hour, but
they will come and check it out.
One thing that was brought to the attention of the audience was the role that neighbors can play in
helping police to maintain a safe neighborhood. An interesting question was posed. If you saw
someone breaking in to the house behind you – could you inform the police of that address?
Here is the #1 TIP from Safe City Mississauga. KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS! If you answer NO to any of these questions, it is time to get to know your neighbours.
1. Do you know the first names of at least 5 different neighbours?
2. Would you be able to give police the address of the house beside or behind you, in the event that you witnessed a break-in?
3. Would your neighbour know your address, in the event that your home was broken into?
If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious activity, call 905-453-3311. If you have information of a crime call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information on keeping yourself and our community safe visit www.peelpolice.ca