Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Toronto Police, TPSLinks Safety Advice

This is not just good Christmas advice, but good advice for all year.

1. Leave exterior house lighting on
2. Keep driveways and sidewalks shovelled
3. Pick up newspapers and mail
4. Ensure clear sight lines around your property
5. Do not leave gifts on display inside your residence
6. Keep car keys, laptops, wallets and purses secure and away from your front doors
7. Ensure patio doors are secured
8. Do not leave large quantities of cash or jewelry inside your home
9. If you have an alarm system, ensure that it is functioning properly and is activated, even when you're home, and
10. Be a nosy neighbour and report any suspicious activity to police.

Take care

Friday, December 10, 2010

Community Event: Domestic Violence Awareness, Saturday, December 11, 2010

Domestic Violence Awareness Month seminar hosted by 22 Division Officers

When: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Contact: For more information contact Constable Mitch LeBlanc at 416.808.2208

The focus of the seminar is to dispel myths and have an open discussion on domestic violence. M.P.P. Laurel Broten, Minister for Youth and Womens issues and Superintendent Paul Gottschalk of 22 Division will be on hand as guest speakers. Topics on different aspects of domestic violence will be presented from guest speakers from Lamp Community Health Centre, Victim Services Toronto, TPS Community Mobilization Unit, 22 Division Domestic Violence Unit and the Crown Attorney's office from 2201 Finch Avenue West. Members of the public and media are encouraged to attend and discuss this serious issue that affects our community.

Take care

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Toronto District High School, Safe Schools Policies and Procedures

Safe Schools Policies and Procedures

Here is a list of all the policies and procedures the the Toronto District High School have in place to help keep schools safe or else go to www.tdsb.on.ca

Click links to launch policies and procedures:

If you are being bullied or you are a parent of a youth being bullied and you feel the school is not responding or able to help, contact Safe Schools through the Board (for TDSB):

1. call 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 5N8. The general telephone is 416-397-3000.
2. ask what family of schools your school is in e.g. South-West 3, and
3. ask for the name and number of the family's Safe Schools Representative

Take care

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Activity Report from an OurLakeshore.net writer

Just wanted to warn everyone out there - our car has been broken into twice in the past month. We live on 5th and it's happened the exact same way both times: overnight (between 10pm and 7am) while our car was in the front laneway. It's happened the only two times we've accidently (foolishly) forgotten to lock the car. This would indicate to me that someone's coming by every night checking car door handles and hitting the ones that are unlocked. The silver lining is that they aren't smashing windows, and in our case they've only ever grabbed loonies of the dash and a cheap pair of gas station sun glasses... but it still is a violation and they clearly rifle through everything.

So make double sure you're locking up at night, don't keep valuables in your car, and everyone keep your eyes open for suspicious characters checking door handles in the middle of the night.

Take care

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Graffiti in South Etobicoke

Here is a May 2010, Toronto Sun article about Graffiti in South Etobicoke.

Officers at the November 13, 2010 Community Safety Seminar at the Police College informed participants that it is NOT outside gangs that are tagging our area. They indicated that it is people from our own neighbourhood.

Apparently Graffiti is a worldwide problem. For example, The Parthenon and other important Greek tourist sites are being bombed with Graffiti. Unfortunately the modern removal process is ruining the surface structure. The country is afraid that the graffiti is going to ruin their key source of income, the tourist trade.

Take care

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Safety Tips from the Community Safety Seminar

When purchasing holiday gifts, always purchase pricey/valuable items at the end of your shopping day, put them in your trunk and drive home. Pricey/Valuable items should be the last items you buy.

Try to obscure the boxes of pricey/valuable items on garbage day, e.g. do not leave a flat screen TV box visible to the street.

iPods are a quick cash hit and are one of the "most popular" items to grab these days. The white earbuds are a giveaway that you are using an iPod. Read these tips, http://ipod.about.com/od/adjustingtotheipod/a/stop_ipod_theft.htm


Let people know where you are going and when you are returning.


Carry your handbag close to you, but "not" wrapped around your neck. (Yes, I was surprised by this tip also, but if your bag is wrapped around your neck and shoulder and it is yanked, you could sustain injuries or get dragged) .


Keep your keys in your hand or separate from your handbag.


Do not take all your cards/ID with you unless needed

Do not make ATM transactions at night.

Do not give out or write down your PIN.

Do not wear valuable jewelry shopping or walking in the street or mall. Wear it only at the appropriate place and time.

Always have the right amount of cash ready. Do your best to present only the amount due when paying for your purchase, e.g., avoid presenting large bills to the cashier.

Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish legitimate telemarketers. NEVER provide personal information or send money to solicitors who contact you first. Instead, hang up the phone or insist on calling the individual back after you have time to check the solicitation.

Steer clear of callers who have announced that you have won a lottery or a large prize.

If someone calls stating they are the police and you do not feel comfortable speaking to them, get their name , division and badge number from them. Call you local police station and verify that the officer is who they say they are.

Report any suspicious phone calls or ongoing calls of an unknown nature to police.

Be a good neighbour, keep your eyes and ears open for activity on your street and in your community.

Be ready to help others.

Do not shop at your door, i.e., do not purchase from vendors at your door. If you think a NO SOLICITORS sign will help, use one. Examples: Hot Water Heater inspections, Natural Gas Billing changes, Magazine Subscriptions, etc.

Use only your last name on your mailbox.

Ask delivery people for identification.

Leave interior lights on when you leave your home or apartment. For example: Streets are dark around 5:00 pm in the winter. If you do not come home until after 5:00 pm you should consider leaving a light on when you leave in the morning or use a timer.

Keep doors locked and use your peephole.

Take care

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Toronto Police Service, TPSLinks Alert, November 17, 2010

This is a Toronto Police Service, 22 Division Neighbourhood Alert.

Toronto Police would like to make the public aware of recent suspicious incidents and arrests in your neighbourhood.

After two separate incidents and two weeks Police investigations. Toronto Police 22 Division arrested 3 males for committing separate acts of voyeurrism in the Lake Shore and 23rd street area of south Etobicoke. 22 Division have cleared both occurrences in this area with the final arrest of two suspects. Police thank all residents for their assistance in this investigation.

Anyone having any information on any Suspicious Incident are to contact Toronto Police at 416 808 2222, or Crime Stoppers at 416 222 TIPS or online at www. 222tips.com.

This report was prepared by the 22 Division Crime Prevention Office.

Take care

Monday, November 15, 2010

Crime Map of New Toronto

Here is a link to crime maps of the area. The maps are updated by Toronto Police and appear on the Toronto Police website.

  1. Open the map using the link below
  2. Use the drop down list to select your areas of interest, e.g. "18" for New Toronto.

17, Mimico
18, New Toronto
19, Long Branch
20, Alderwood

Take care

Domestic Violence Awareness

There are appoximately four to six arrests for "domestic violence" per day in Division 22.

Please attend and share the following event information:

Domestic Violence Awareness

When: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Kipling Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON, M8V 4B6, Telephone: 416-338-7255
FAX: 416-338-7259, Email: assembly@toronto.ca

Always check appropriate websites to ensure that events are still scheduled: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/assembly_hall.htm

Take care

Toronto Police Service, TPSLinks

Toronto Police Service, TPSlinks, transmits alerts to you via landline, cell via text, email, etc. Online registration enables you to specify the delivery mechanism you prefer. TPSlinks will send alerts like city events, safety notifications and/or emergency incidents. The following are alert types:

-Community Events
-Information Alerts
-Existing Amber Alerts
-Missing Persons
-Emergency Incidents
-Neighbourhood Crime Alerts
-Severe Weather Alerts
-Threats to School Safety

To register for TPSlinks online, use the following link ad follow instructions.

Take care

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Community Safety Seminar for South Etobicoke

Important Community Event:

Community Safety Seminar
for the residents of South Etobicoke

When: Saturday, September 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Avenue
Contact: PC Mike Burgess D22 416-808-2251 or PC Mitch LeBlanc D22 at 416-808-2208 (See attached poster for details)
Purpose: Personal Safety, Street Proofing and Home and Business Security

Please tell your neighbours about this important meeting.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Safety Pamphlets

Pamphlets dealing with crime prevention can be downloaded and printed as needed or they can be ordered by contacting the Community Mobilization Unit at 808-7070. Many pamphlets are also available in translated versions. See the Translated Pamphlet List on the Newcomer Outreach page for a complete list.

9-1-1 (PDF)
Apartment security (PDF)
Are You in an Abusive Relationship? (
Auto theft (PDF)
Babysitting (PDF)
Bicycle registration (PDF)
Bicycle safety
Child abuse (
Child identification record (
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (
Cyber Safety (
Elder abuse (PDF)
Frauds and Scams against seniors (
Graffiti (PDF)
Hate motivated crime (PDF)
Holiday safety
Home security
Identity Theft
Internet safety (PDF)
Neighbourhood Watch (
Mental health issues - what to do after the police leave (
Police Week 2010 (
Protection for senior citizens (
Protect your child (PDF)
Protect yourself (PDF)
Purse snatching (PDF)
Robbery prevention and safety
Shop theft (
"Streetwise" - Do not become a victim of street robbery
Taxi driver safety
Travelling tips
Take care